Hernandez sworn in as Honduras president

New Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez (L), accompanied by his wife Ana Garcia, receives the presidential sash from Congress prersident Mauricio Oliva, during his inauguration on January 27, 2014Conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez was sworn in Monday to a four-year term as president of Honduras, one of Latin America’s poorest countries and which is battling a soaring crime rate. Hernandez, 45, a lawyer, inherits a deeply divided country of 8.5 million people where 71 percent of the population lives in poverty and a spiraling homicide rate has reached 20 murders per day, one of the highest in the world. He replaces Porfirio Lobo, of the same National Party. Honduras’ Supreme Court last month rejected an appeal to overturn November’s presidential election results, which the leftist Libre party claimed was stolen by fraud.