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Honduras Votes in Tight Election Race

IN PICTURES: While the election results are awaited, TeleSUR takes a look at scenes of voting and celebrations in Honduras.

In what is seen by many as a crucial election race, the opposition coalition, led by Salvador Nasralla is pit against the right-wing incumbant Juan Orlando Hernandez. Nasralla, a former businessman and TV host of Palestinian descent, is backed by former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup in 2009, leading to a period of right-wing National Party rule.

With the past few years seeing a sharp rise in violence against activists, land grabs, and violent crime, many are clamoring for a change and rallying behind Nasralla, a center-leftist.

Early results gave the edge to Nasralla, but the final count has yet to be announced. In the meantime, TeleSUR takes a look at the voting and celebrations.

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A man casts his vote in the key Honduras election.
A man casts his vote in the key Honduras election. Photo:Reuters
The race is between the opposition alliance which is backed by former president Manuel Zelaya, and the U.S.-backed right-wing incumbant.
The race is between the opposition alliance which is backed by former president Manuel Zelaya, and the U.S.-backed right-wing incumbant. Photo:Reuters
For many the election is a chance to take back the country from the right-wing that has been in power since the U.S.backed coup that removed Manuel Zelaya in 2009.
For many the election is a chance to take back the country from the right-wing that has been in power since the U.S.backed coup that removed Manuel Zelaya in 2009. Photo:Reuters
Opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla is a former businessman and TV host.
Opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla is a former businessman and TV host. Photo:Reuters
Honduras has seen a rise in land grabs and violence against activists since the coup that removed Manuel Zelaya.
Honduras has seen a rise in land grabs and violence against activists since the coup that removed Manuel Zelaya. Photo:Reuters
A supporter of Nasralla raises the Honduran flag as election results are awaited.
A supporter of Nasralla raises the Honduran flag as election results are awaited. Photo:Reuters
Supporters of Nasralla trample on a picture of incumbent candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez.
Supporters of Nasralla trample on a picture of incumbent candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez. Photo:Reuters
As results began to come in, these gave Nasralla a slight lead.
As results began to come in, these gave Nasralla a slight lead. Photo:Reuters
Nasralla celebrates with former president Manuel Zelaya, who backs the opposition alliance.
Nasralla celebrates with former president Manuel Zelaya, who backs the opposition alliance. Photo:Reuters
Nasralla with his wife, Iroshka Elvir, as they await the final results.
Nasralla with his wife, Iroshka Elvir, as they await the final results. Photo:Reuters
A woman going to vote, while a heavy police presence looks on.
A woman going to vote, while a heavy police presence looks on. Photo:Reuters
Nasralla, a self-described centrist, has been harshly critical of Honduran administrations since that of Zelaya.
Nasralla, a self-described centrist, has been harshly critical of Honduran administrations since that of Zelaya. Photo:Reuters
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