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  • Opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla looks on during a news conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

    Opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla looks on during a news conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. | Photo: Reuters

Published 3 January 2018

"If he were a more intelligent person he would realize that he will not be able to govern, the people will not let him rule,” said Nasralla .

Former Honduran presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla has said that he is only willing to engage in dialogue if it is about the departure of Juan Orlando Hernandez — the re-elected president of the country — from his post.

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Hernandez has to "negotiate with the opposition the conditions of his departure. Whether he stays in Honduras or leaves, we will give him all the facilities," Nasralla emphasized at a press conference on Wednesday.

The former candidate, who leads the Alliance of Opposition against the Dictatorship, does not recognize the results of the November 26 election, which was riddled with accusations of fraud and corruption. Nasralla has stated that he won the elections, but would be willing to repeat them, as was proposed by the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro.

"If he were a more intelligent person he would realize that he will not be able to govern, the people will not let him rule,” the leader told Radio America de Tegucigalpa. “You cannot be in a house where 8 out of 10 people are against you, he will not be able to live in peace — that he has to understand.”

Nasralla also said that a dialogue initiated by Hernandez should have the presence of an international mediator, suggesting former Uruguayan president Pepe Jose Mujica as one possibility.

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He added that the ongoing demonstrations by the Opposition Alliance in rejection of the election results will continue this Saturday in San Pedro Sula.

The demonstrations, that have seen great repression against protesters by state and police forces and have left some thirty dead and dozens more injured.


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