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Honduras' president keeps lead in partial election recount

Results of a partial recount of votes in the Nov. 26 Honduran presidential election were broadly consistent with the original results, with President Juan Orlando Hernandez still having the lead over the opposition's Salvador Nasralla, the country's electoral tribunal said Dec. 10, Reuters reported.

Hernandez won 50.1% of the votes in the partial recount of 4,753 ballot boxes, while Nasralla got 31.5% of the votes. The election tribunal did not give the exact number of votes that were recounted.

Based on the official tally of all votes, Hernandez has a 1.6-percentage-point lead over Nasralla.

Nasralla was leading the vote count the morning after the election, with just over half of the 18,000 ballot boxes counted, according to the election tribunal, which did not provide further updates for the next 36 hours. Nasralla started to lose his lead as the election results poured in again.

Opposition parties formally requested an annulment of the election Dec. 8, according to Reuters. The election tribunal has until Dec. 26 to declare a winner.