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Castro set for victory in Honduras' election: cartels, poverty, and China loom as they approach the edges of the cartels, poverty, and China

Castro set for victory in Honduras' election: cartels, poverty, and China loom as they approach the edges of the cartels, poverty, and China

TEGUCIGALPA, November 29 (Reuters) - Hondurans voted in presidential, congressional, and local elections on Sunday, in which leftist candidate Xiomara Castro was headed for a, as results revealed on Monday.

Castro, who would be the Central American nation's first female president, has promised major changes in Honduras, including a constitutional overhaul, United Nations assistance in the fight against corruption, and less abortion restrictions.

Castro slipped to a 20-point lead over conservative candidate Nasry Asfura of the ruling National Party, which has been plagued by graft scandals. With just over half of ballots counted before a delay in the count set in, Castro took a 20-point lead over conservative candidate Nasry Asfura of the ruling National Party, which has been plagued by graft scandals.

Here are some of the issues that the winner will face:

CORRUPTION: CORRUPTION: CORRUPTION

According to a CID Gallup poll, even during the worst times of the coronavirus epidemic, was the main concern for almost 10 million Hondurans.

Castro has promised to build a U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission.

Following a disputed poll in 2017, Juan Orlando Hernandez took office for his second term in a row.

Hernandez's eight-year tenure as president has been mired by corruption accusations that the president has rejected. Hernandez is the target of a narcotics inquiry in the United States, though he has denied any links to the drug industry.

Under him, the National Party-controlled Congress passed laws to make investigations of white-collar crime more difficult and defied an Organization of American States (OAS) anti-corruption commission that was.

The United States, Honduras' principal trading partner, is entails the sale of more than $4 billion in aid to Honduras and other Central American nations, as well as a funding scheme to combat corruption in the region.

POVERTY IS LIMITED TO THE PERSPECTIVE POVERTY.

Violence and corruption have long impeded Honduras' economic growth since the country's demise of two hurricanes and the COVID-19 epidemic. In 2020, GDP slowed by 9 percent in the country.

According to World Bank estimates, Honduras has one of the most high poverty rates in Latin America. Honduras' population below the poverty line would most likely rise to 55% in 2020, while unemployment almost doubled.

MIGRATION OF THE MIGRATION

According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics, Hondurans represented almost half of all apprehensions of Central American immigrants at the United States southwest border during the fiscal year ending September.

Hondurans in the United States pay 22 percent of Honduras' gross domestic product (GDP), one of the highest levels in the region.

According to Tiziano Breda, an analyst at the International Crisis Group, "viololent protests like those after the 2017 elections could entail even more Hondurans to leave the country."

TRAFFICKING WITH DRUGS

Juan Antonio "Tony" Hernandez, the president's brother, was jailed for drug trafficking and arms possession in March, according to a US judge.

There were no charges filed against the president himself, but the US Department of Justice reaffirmed after the verdict that evidence in the trial showed he had had election campaigns, including from Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

The president denies the accusations.

RELATIONS WITH CHINA AND TAIWAN ARE ARE PROVIDED MY CHINA AND TAIWAN.

Castro made a campaign promise to expand diplomatic relations with mainland China earlier this month, and Hernandez made a surprise visit to Taiwan this month after Taipei expressed displeasure.

Honduras is one of 15 countries that maintains diplomatic relationships with Taiwan, including several in Central America and the Caribbean.

Taiwan says it is an independent country natubbed the Republic of China, its official name, and that Beijing has no right to speak for it. Taiwan says it is an independent nation called the Republic of China, its official name, and that Beijing has no right to speak for it.

China has recently established relations with Taiwan's historical friends Panama, the Dominican Republic, and El Salvador, on the condition that they breakties with Taiwan, in its attempt to isolate the island internationally.

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