Honduras, plagued by poverty and crime, picks new leader

Honduran presidential candidate for the Libertad y Refundacion (LIBRE) party, Xiomara Castro (C), arrives for a meeting with members of the Honduran Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) in Tegucigalpa, on November 20, 2013Hondurans went to the polls amid tight security Sunday to pick a new president for their Central American nation, the world's deadliest and among the region's poorest. The election pits Xiomara Castro, leftist wife of ousted former leader Manuel Zelaya, against conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez. Some 5,400 polling stations opened at 1300 GMT with a ceremony at a school in the capital Tegucigalpa, where electoral tribunal chief David Matamoros expressed hope the vote would "heal the wounds" of the 2009 coup d'etat that toppled Zelaya. The candidates are vying to succeed President Porfirio Lobo, who was elected after the coup in a controversial election boycotted by Zelaya's leftist allies.

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