The Straits Times
Published on Nov 19, 2012

Top Honduran parties chose presidential candidates


TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) - Three Honduran political parties chose their candidates for next year's general elections in primary voting on Sunday that heralded the return of ousted former President Manuel Zelaya to politics in this Central American country.

Mr Zelaya's wife Xiomara Castro is running uncontested as the presidential candidate in 2013 for the leftist Liberty and Refoundation party, or Libre, while the ousted president is seeking to be a congressional candidate.

The National and Liberal parties, which have long dominated Honduran politics, fielded multiple candidates.

Late Sunday, Honduras' Supreme Electoral Tribunal said preliminary results showed Mr Mauricio Villeda ahead as presidential candidate for the Liberal Party while the National Party was favouring Mr Juan Orlando Hernandez.