Leftist Xiomara Castro has been sworn in Thursday as Honduras’ first female president, taking office amid growing uncertainty about whether she will be able to govern in the face of an unfolding political crisis and other challenges.
Castro said she was taking the lead of a “broken” country but vowed to pursue social justice and transparency.
“The economic catastrophe that I’m inheriting is unparalleled in the history of our country,” Castro also said in her speech, highlighting the need to restructure the national debt.
“My government will not continue the maelstrom of looting that has condemned generations of young people to pay the debt they incurred behind their back,” Castro added.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration said, it hoped Castro would fight corruption, poverty, and violence.
US Vice-President Kamala Harris was among the foreign officials who attended the inauguration.
“There’s still the question of immigration. This is one of the reasons that [US] Vice President Kamala Harris is here – again looking to strengthen that relationship between the US and Honduras, hoping to find a multilateral approach to addressing the root causes of migration from Central America,” Al Jazeera’s Manuel Rapalo said.
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