Honduras leftist disputes Sunday vote count, supporters march on streets

By Gabriel Stargardter and Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Leftist Honduran presidential candidate Xiomara Castro refused on Monday to accept partial official results that show her conservative rival on course to win Sunday’s election, and a group of her supporters took to the streets. Castro, the wife of deposed leader Manuel Zelaya, and her team said early Monday that an exit poll drawn up for her party showed she was winning. A partial count issued by the electoral authority gives National Party candidate Juan Hernandez some 34.19 percent support, while Xiomara Castro had 28.83 percent, the body said in an update on Monday. “We are going to defend our triumph at the ballot box and if necessary will take to the streets,” Zelaya said.