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Noam Chomsky has a book, which I read for the first time when I was in Spain, called 'Fear of Democracy'. There is your answer. Fear of democracy. In Honduras, they had a sham democracy. It was run by elites, what was called a liberal democracy, but in reality was a false democracy.

The late Hugo Chávez, erstwhile President of Venezuela


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The strains being suffered by Honduras coincided with the advent, in November 2013 of the country’s Presidential elections. The Libre coalition’s candidate, Mrs Castro de Zelaya (the wife of the former – and deposed – President Zelaya) appeared in mid 2013 to have a small edge in the opinion polls.  This was the first Honduran election with so many parties – eight in all – presenting candidates. The opinion polls suggested that there were two major contenders, Mrs Castro de Zelaya for the Libre grouping and Juan Orlando Hernandez for the National party. Inevitably, ‘Evita’ theories prevailed as speculation grew over the extent to which the former President was the power behind Mrs Castro's candidacy. At political gatherings Libre Party supporters often cheered more for the former President than they did for his wife. Mrs Castro, meanwhile, had pledged to ‘re-found’ Honduras, attributing the parlous state of Honduras’ politics and its economy to a century of rule by the two traditional parties.

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Official name: República de Honduras (Republic of Honduras)
Head of State: President Juan Orlando Hernández (Partido Nacional de Honduras (PNH) (National Party of Honduras)) (elected 24 Nov 2013, inaugurated 27 Jan 2014)
Head of government: President Juan Orlando Hernández (inaugurated 27 Jan 2014)
Ruling party: Partido Nacional de Honduras (PNH) (National Party of Honduras) (from Jan 2010, re-elected 24 Nov 2013)
Area: 112,088 square km
Population: 8.26 million (2014)*
Capital: Tegucigalpa
Official language: Spanish
Currency: Lempira (L) = 100 centavos
Exchange rate: L21.94 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$2,361 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 3.08% (2014)*
GDP: US$19.51 billion (2014)*
Unemployment: 4.50% (2014)*
Inflation: 6.08% (2014)*
Balance of trade: -US$4.48 billion (2013)
* estimated figure


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