Juan Orlando Hernandez confirmed as president of Honduras


Honduras president-elect Juan Orlando Hernandez waves during a meeting with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (not in frame) in Managua, on December 4, 2013.


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The Honduran electoral tribunal (TSE) confirmed on Thursday that governing party candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez won last month's presidential election.

The TSE officially declared Hernandez president for a four-year term starting on Jan. 27 of next year.

Candidate Xiomara Castro contested the results of the Nov. 24 poll, and has demanded the election be annulled. She said she was robbed of her victory by "fraud."

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Hernandez won 36.9 percent of the vote, while Castro came in second with 28.8 percent, according to the TSE results released on Saturday.

The TSE said more than 250,000 votes separated the two candidates.

Castro claims there were "inconsistencies" in thousands of tally sheets that she alleges were "doctored" in favor of Hernandez's party.

She also said people who were dead or abroad were included on the voter registry and that polling stations were poorly monitored.

Around 5.3 million Hondurans over the age of 18 were eligible to vote.

Nine parties participated in the elections, four of which emerged after the June 2009 coup d'état that removed then-President Manuel Zelaya who, last Friday, filed a formal complaint against the presidential election result with the TSE.