Honduras. On January 27, President Juan Orlando Hernández
was sworn in as the first president since the reintroduction
of democracy in 1982 to hold office for two terms. However,
the electoral victory was followed by a long drawn out
political battle over the November 2017 election results.
the talks between the parties arranged by the UN to reach an
agreement. However, part of the background to PL's decision
was also internal struggles within the party.
Countryaah.com, accusations of corruption within the police system
continued during the year. In February, President Porfírio
Lobo's wife Rosa Elena Bonilla de Lobo, suspected of
embezzlement and money laundering, was arrested, and in
early November, 377 government officials were arrested
across the country in the so-called Operación Dragón XL. But
measures against public sector irregularities also suffered
setbacks. In January, Chief Police Chief José David Aguilar
Morán was singled out for involvement in cocaine smuggling
and in connection with organized crime. At the same time,
Congress voted in favor of a draft budget that significantly
reduced the funding of the anti-corruption agency Maccih's
and the State Prosecutor's Office.
Great attention at the end of the year got the so-called
migrant caravans with refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala
and not least Honduras who traveled through Mexico to get to
the US. The first caravan of about 7,000 people left the
industrial city of San Pedro Sula in Honduras on October 13
and was later followed by several others from neighboring
countries. At the end of November, they reached the Mexican
border town of Tijuana opposite San Diego, California. US
President Donald Trump, who, during the run-up to the
congressional election, designated the migrants as
criminals, ordered thousands of soldiers to the border with
Mexico to prevent migrants from entering the United States.