TEGUCIGALPA – The government of Honduras announced on Friday the declaration of a state of emergency to curb the violence and vandalism seen in the country.
The lawlessness broke out amid the aftermath of the alleged fraud which took place in the presidential elections held on Nov. 26.
The president’s office made the declaration through minister Ebal Diaz, who said that the announcement to the citizens was due to be made at 10:00 pm on Friday and the measure would take effect from 11:00 pm.
He added that the suspension of constitutional guarantees will be implemented, taking into consideration a request made to the government by the country’s armed forces, the police service, private companies and chambers of commerce.
Diaz told local television channel Canal 5 that the armed forces and the police will be able to counteract the wave of violence that has been unleashed in the country.
He added that at 10:00 pm, government officials would announce on national television and radio channels the details of the measure that was taken on behalf of the council of ministers, which was presided by the designated presidential representative, vice president Ricardo Alvarez.
Injured protesters and law enforcement officials, damage to public and private buildings, the looting of businesses, partial paralyzation of traffic and arson are some examples of lawlessness that the country has allegedly experienced recently.
The protests have been led by supporters of the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship, which put forward Salvador Nasralla as its presidential candidate, and who allegedly faces electoral fraud.
After the counting of 94.35 percent of the ballots, the incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez, with 42.92 percent of the votes, is marginally ahead of Nasralla, who has 41.42 percent of the votes.
The electoral system of the country does not have provisions for runoffs, given that the candidate who obtains the highest number of votes wins directly.