Honduras Set to Elect Xiomara Castro as First Female President After Ruling Party Concedes Defeat

Honduras appears set to elect Xiomara Castro as its first female president after the ruling National Party conceded defeat on Nov. 30.

Castro, a member of the Libre (Free) Party, announced on Twitter that National Party presidential candidate Nasry Asfura has conceded from the race.

Asfura “accepts the will of the people, recognizes the victory of the Libre Party, and my triumph as president-elect of Honduras. Thanks!” Castro said.

“With my promises, we will return to the democratic order,” Castro added.

Votes are still being counted and the electoral council is yet to formally announce the winner.

Half of the tallied votes as of late Nov. 30 show that 53% of the voters chose Castro while 34% chose Asfura.

In a local television broadcast, Asfura congratulated Castro “on her triumph and as president-elect,” adding, “I wish that God will enlighten and guide her so that her administration will do the best for all of us Hondurans.”

Castro’s victory will bring an end to the 12-year ruling of the right-wing National Party that has faced scandals and accusations of corruption.

Castro vowed to introduce a new welfare payment for poor households and to tax the rich.

“We will initiate an era of prosperity of solidary through dialogue with all sectors, without discrimination and without sectarianism,” Castro said.

Castro is set to replace President Juan Orlando Hernandez who has been implicated in a drug trafficking case in the United States and could face indictment when he leaves office.

U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken issued a statement congratulating Castro on her victory and said that the U.S. looks forward to working with her.

Castro was the former first lady. Her husband Manuel Zelaya ruled the country from 2006 to 2009 when a coup ousted him.

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