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Date: 27 November 2005
What was elected: President and congress
Term: 4 years
Elected president: Jose Manuel Zelaya

Situation: Ruling-party candidate, Porfirio Lobo, from the centre-right National Party admitted defeat 10 days after the election, when final official results were still unavailable. This has cleared the way for Jose Manuel Zelaya, of the centre-right Liberal Party, to become the president. He is due to take office on 27 January.

Poverty and crime - conducted mainly by street gangs known as maras - are the main challenges for the next president. The incumbent, Ricardo Maduro has implemented economic reforms in return for credit from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but Honduran society is still rife with economic inequality.

Hondurans also elected 128 deputies to the single-chamber Congress.


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