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No Taiwanese hurt in Honduran post-election protest

2017/12/02 20:31:47

Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is keeping watch of the latest developments in Honduras amidst protests and violence following the presidential election there, with a spokesman for the ministry confirming Saturday that all Taiwanese nationals in the country are safe.

According to MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章), no Taiwanese nationals or embassy officials in Honduras have been hurt in the violent demonstrations that have followed the presidential election of Nov. 25.

The demonstrations ensued after opposition leaders accused incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez's government of manipulating the vote count in the president's quest for re-election.

As of Friday night, the government had enacted a 10-day nationwide curfew that runs from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Media reports noted that Honduras' electoral court had finished counting nearly 95 percent of the ballot boxes by late Friday evening and would hand-count the remaining ballot boxes that presented inconsistencies.

Taiwan and Honduras have enjoyed official diplomatic relations since 1965, making the Central American country one of Taiwan's key allies in Latin America.

(By Elaine Hou and Kuan-lin Liu)