Honduran opposition unites behind candidate for president, in major shift

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Xiomara Castro, statesmanlike campaigner for the absorption Libre Party, addresses supporters during a rally to contiguous her run programme up of the November 28 election, successful Tegucigalpa, Honduras September 5, 2021. REUTERS/Fredy Rodriguez

TEGUCIGALPA, Oct 13 (Reuters) - The apical Honduran absorption parties connected Wednesday agreed down Xiomara Castro arsenic their campaigner for a November statesmanlike election, giving the woman of a leftist erstwhile president who was ousted successful a coup a stronger accidental of ousting the ruling party.

The National Opposition Union (UNO) enactment backed Castro, 62, woman of erstwhile president Manuel Zelaya and campaigner for the Liberty and Refoundation (Libre) enactment for the Nov. 28 race, enactment representatives said.

Castro, who says she volition found diplomatic relations with China and legalize termination successful immoderate situations, would beryllium Honduras' archetypal pistillate president.

The confederation shakes up the statesmanlike contention and presents a superior situation to President Juan Orlando Hernandez's National Party, successful powerfulness since elections aft Zelaya was ousted successful a bloodless subject coup successful 2009. Until now, the National Party has been starring successful polls.

"If we don't travel unneurotic today, the state volition lose. Together, cipher tin bushed us," UNO's erstwhile candidate, tv presenter Salvador Nasralla, 68, told a quality conference.

"We're going to rescue Honduras from dictatorship with Xiomara Castro arsenic statesmanlike candidate."

A CID-Gallup canvass past period showed that each campaigner had received 18% support. Nasry Asfura, politician of the superior Tegucigalpa and campaigner of the ruling National Party, led with 21%.

Castro has said she aims to amended negociate Honduras' outer and interior indebtedness that stands astatine immoderate $13 cardinal and decriminalize termination successful cases of rape, hazard to the mother's beingness and a malformed fetus.

Honduras is 1 of the fewer countries globally that recognizes Taiwan's independence, and a power successful allegiance to Beijing would upset Washington.

Nasralla, a fashionable tv big and sports commentator, led an absorption confederation successful 2017 arsenic statesmanlike candidate, and was narrowly defeated by Hernandez successful a process riddled with accusations of fraud.

Hernandez's 8 years successful powerfulness person been mired by corruption allegations, which Hernandez has denied. In the United States, prosecutors person accused him of moving with cause traffickers to determination cocaine into the United States, allegations helium besides denies.

Asfura, a blimpish operation businessman and two-term politician of Tegucigalpa is backed by Hernandez. He has faced charges of fraud, embezzlement of nationalist funds and wealth laundering. The charges were dismissed by a transgression court.

Reporting by Gustavo Palencia, Writing by Daina Beth Solomon Editing by Alistair Bell

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