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Honduras to hold partial recount in presidential election

Honduras will hold a partial recount of votes in the Nov. 26 president election amid allegations of fraud, the head of the country's election tribunal said, according to a Reuters report.

Election tribunal chief David Matamoros said the recount will target 4,753 ballot boxes that arrived after a 36-hour pause in the tallying of votes following the election.

The opposition has claimed that the ballot boxes are tainted as opposition leader Salvador Nasralla started to lose his early lead over Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez when the vote count resumed.

While the election tribunal has yet to proclaim a winner, the official results show that Hernandez now has a 1.6-percentage-point lead over Nasralla, Reuters reported Dec. 6.

The governments of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru said they support a total recount of the votes, Reuters reported. The Organization of American States, meanwhile, said it may call for new elections in Honduras if irregularities undermine the credibility of the election results.