United States welcomes Hernandez as Honduras Prez

Opposition supporters hold a Honduran flag as others lie on the floor in front of security forces during a protest in Tegucigalpa Honduras Dec. 22 2017

Opposition supporters hold a Honduran flag as others lie on the floor in front of security forces during a protest over a contested presidential election with allegations of electoral fraud in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, December 22, 2017. They asked Tillerson also to denounce what they consider "excessive use of force" by Honduran security officials handling the street protests that have taken place since. In a statement, spokesman Heather Nauert also urged all sides to refrain from violence in the unrest that has claimed at least 17 lives. Election observers from the organization and European Union had found irregularities that called the result into question.

However, The Associated Press has learned that the U.S.is leaning toward recognizing the result of the election. But the US rejected that determination.

The official suggested that based on the findings of two election observer teams, the USA would likely follow Mexico's lead in recognizing the result.

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), a leading Democratic voice on Central American issues, said he was "angry and deeply disturbed" by the State Department decision.

United States welcomes Hernandez as Honduras Prez
United States welcomes Hernandez as Honduras Prez

The United States on Friday backed the re-election of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, a conservative and US ally, who was certified the victor of last month's presidential contest despite widespread misgivings about the vote count.

The first results reported by the electoral court before dawn the day after the November 26 election showed Nasralla with a significant lead over Hernandez with almost 60 per cent of the vote counted.

Hernandez was confirmed as the victor on Sunday after a partial recount.

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