The United States has called for calm this Monday and has urged political actors in Honduras to refrain from violence and avoid provocative rhetoric ahead of the inauguration of Xiomara Castro as the country’s new president.
“We call on political actors to remain calm, engage in dialogue, refrain from violence and provocative rhetoric, and urge their supporters to express themselves peacefully while respecting the rule of law”, said the spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price, at a press conference.
Price has remarked this Monday that the “new provisional direction” in Honduras is a “sovereign decision” of the country, for which the United States hopes to “deepen” together with the president-elect Xiomara Castro, who will take office on January 27, to “promote shared interests”.
In this sense, Price has highlighted that US Vice President Kamala Harris “has already had the opportunity to be in contact with Castro to congratulate her on her “historic victory” as the country’s first female president.
“In that conversation last month, they discussed their shared interest in addressing the root causes of migration, promoting inclusive economic opportunities for the people of Honduras, combating corruption, reducing security threats, and improving access to health and education. education”, has moved in a statement.
This Sunday, andhe Honduran Congress appointed two presidents in separate ceremonies, deepening a political crisis four days after the inauguration of the president-elect of the left, Xiomara Castro, staining the inauguration with uncertainty.
Eighteen dissident deputies from Castro’s party, Libertad y Refundación (Libre), with the support of right-wing formations, elected Jorge Cálix as president of Congress in a social center.
In parallel, Free parliamentarians loyal to Castro appointed the deputy of the Salvador Party of Honduras (PSH), louis round, in the Congress building.
Cálix, accused of being a “traitor” by Castro, nevertheless promised to work for the program of the elected president, that the government must assume next Thursday.
“Our legislative agenda has as a priority to make Xiomara Castro’s government plan a reality”assured the parliamentarian.
Cálix obtained the support of 79 legislators, including 44 votes from the National Party (PN, right), of the outgoing government, to preside over Parliament.
Xiomara Castro had reached an agreement with the Salvador Party of Honduras (PSH) to vote for louis round, of that party, as head of Congress, who was voted in the legislative headquarters with 96, including substitutes.
65 votes are required to achieve the leadership of Congress, half plus one of the 128 seats.
Hundreds of Libre supporters will gather from Saturday night in front of the Congress headquarters, summoned by Castro, in a vigil that they kept until Sunday morning.
(With information from Europe Press)