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Honduras Government Declares Curfew Amid Election Unrest

© proyecto ambulantePolice and military personnel carry away an injured protester in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Police and military personnel carry away an injured protester in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. - Sputnik International
The Honduran authorities have suspended constitutional guarantees and imposed a lengthy curfew after delays in counting presidential election votes triggered unrest, local media said.

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Ebal Diaz, the secretary of the nation’s council of ministers, said the suspension would come into force at 11 p.m. (5:00GMT Saturday), according to the La Pensa newspaper. The curfew will be in effect for ten days from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The announcement of the final results from last Sunday's poll has been delayed amid opposition allegations of fraud and calls for vote recount.

Soldiers unload election materials for distribution at voting stations ahead of the November 26 presidential election in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, November 25, 2017 - Sputnik International
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The latest count of almost 95 percent of votes put incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez ahead of his challenger Salvador Nasralla by 1.5 points. A simple majority is needed to win the presidential race.

Delays and fraud accusations have led to protests across the country, with one man shot dead in La Ceiba. Ten protesters were injured in the national capital of Tegucigalpa, while 12 police officers were hurt throughout Honduras.

The Honduran military called for calm on Friday evening after demonstrations escalated into violence and looting. At least a hundred trouble-makers were detained for clashing with police and blocking highways.

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