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Honduran president claims win in partial recount, opposition demands new vote

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández declared himself re-elected, despite demands for a new vote by the opposition and the Organization of American States, Reuters reported.

"As a citizen and president-elect of all Hondurans, I humbly accept the will of the Honduran people," Hernández said in his first address since the electoral authorities announced his victory in the Nov. 26 election on Sunday. He stressed the need for accepting the will of the people after a partial recount led to no change in the election results.

Hernández's opponent, Salvador Nasralla, called for a fresh vote, to be monitored by the international observers, after his meeting with OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro and a senior State Department official in Washington on Monday. He reportedly urged the U.S. to avoid supporting the election result and to withhold aid to Honduras until a new vote is held.

The OAS announced that the election did not fulfill democratic standards after the electoral tribunal declared Hernandez's win on Sunday, according to the report.