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Mexico congratulates Honduran president after disputed election

Mexico congratulated Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández for his victory in a disputed presidential election.

"The Secretariat for Foreign Affairs congratulates Mr. Juan Orlando Hernández, president of the republic of Honduras, on his having been declared president-elect," Mexico's foreign ministry said in a communique. "At the same time, Mexico respectfully calls on the democratic institutions, political powers and people of Honduras to, within a framework of respect and harmony, definitively conclude this electoral process, including the period for any challenges to the result."

The announcement comes amid demands for a new vote by the opposition and the Organization of American States, after opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla accused Hernández of manipulating the results of the Nov. 26 election.

The United States said Dec. 18 that it "notes that Honduras’ Supreme Electoral Tribunal has declared incumbent president Juan Orlando Hernández the winner of the Nov. 26 presidential elections," and added that local law stipulated a five-day period for any challenges to the result.