Thousands march in Honduras calling on president to resign

Honduras sees thousands of demonstrators taking to streets of capital demanding President Hernandez resign over corruption scandal

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Thousands of protesters marched through Honduras' capital Tegucigalpa on Friday, demanding the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez after he admitted his 2013 presidential campaign took money from companies linked to a major corruption scandal.

Some 8,000 demonstrators took to the streets and marched to the local offices of the United Nations, where they demanded an anti-corruption commission look into the case.

Earlier this week Hernandez admitted his conservative National Party took money that had been misappropriated from social security funds, saying he and his party were unaware of where the money came from.

He pledged that investigators would “get to the bottom of all of this,” denying any personal involvement in the scandal.

A UN-backed anti-impunity body has helped uncover corruption in Guatemala, where many top officials were arrested in an anti-bribery probe which led many ministers to resign.  

A scandal erupted last year when the opposition claimed that Hernandez received $90 million from $200 million from poverty-racked Honduras' public health system for his 2013 election campaign.  

Hernandez, who took office at the beginning of 2014, leads one of the poorest nations in Latin America. The country of around 8.5 million has had the world's highest murder rate for several years.

TRTWorld and agencies