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  • A riot policeman fires tear gas during a protest as Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez is sworn in for a new term in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, January 27, 2018.

    A riot policeman fires tear gas during a protest as Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez is sworn in for a new term in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, January 27, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 12 February 2018

“The government is falling to pieces ... and the cockroaches of the National Party are going to start running away," says Nasralla countering a National Party smear campaign against him and Zelaya.

The Honduran National Party (NP) is accusing Salvador Nasralla, the former Opposition Alliance candidate and former president Manuel Zelaya of narcotrafficking and “inciting violence with the help international extremist agents,” referring to the Mara Salvatrucha gang with connections to Central America.

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The two page NP communique posted on the party’s Twitter account accuses the Opposition Party leaders of “falsely claiming fraud” during the presidential elections and trying to rob their candidate, Juan Orlando Hernandez, of the presidency, which Hernandez was eventually named.

Both Opposition leaders denounce the NP’s smear tweet. Nasralla, Hernandez’s main opponent in the country’s Nov. 26 polls said that the NP is throwing accusations at him that it committed.

"Organized crime in Honduras is controlled by Señor Hernandez and his gang. If his power is taken away he’s a dead man," Nasralla told the press earlier today.

“The government is falling to pieces ... and the cockroaches of the National Party are going to start running away, fleeing because you won’t have drug people protecting you. Sooner than later they’ll all go running like cockroaches,” he added.

Nasralla reminded the press that Hernandez is implicated in a New York State court case for possibly receiving up to US$250,000 in illicit drug deals that former Honduran president, Porfirio Lobo (2010-2014) signed off on.

"Whose being questioned by the New York courts is Juan Orlando Hernandez and his family, not Salvador Nasralla,” Nasralla told the press.

Zelaya echoed Nasralla’s sentiments saying that the NP "slanders, defames and fills its claws with hate and innocent people.”

Since the polls closed Nov. 26 the Opposition leaders and international electoral observers insist the government facilitated a slew of electoral “irregularities.”

Nasralla has consistently said he was “robbed” of the presidency, refuses to recognize Hernandez as the head of state, and he, along with the OAS secretary general, Luis Almagro, were calling for new, clean elections to take place to determine the Honduran winner.  

Zelaya and Nasralla have reignited their fight for fresh presidential polls saying that’s their main condition they want to happen before they'll take part in United Nations-mediated talks that are in the beginning stages with the National Party. Zelaya says until a new election he and Nasralla supporters will continue to take to the streets to protest Hernandez and the NP-majority congress. 

"The (Honduran) people will continue to be in the streets. Nonviolent demonstrations will continue permanently ... in a peaceful insurrection ... until a democratic system is implemented in the country," Zelaya said in an interview this week.


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