Hernández Alvarado, Juan Orlando

Hernández Alvarado, Juan Orlando,

1968–, Honduran political leader, president of Honduras (2014–). A member of the conservative National party, Hernández spent 16 years in the Honduran legislature before serving as congressional president (2010–13). In 2013 he was elected president of Honduras. He emphasized fighting crime and police corruption in his first term, but he was forced to admit to having taken campaign contributions from companies benefitting from social security corruption, claiming ignorance of the origins of the funds. Hernández was reelected in 2017 following a 2015 supreme court decision that voided the constitution's single-term limit for presidents. However, his main opponent, Salvador Nasralla of the Anti-Corruption party, was leading when vote-count reporting stopped after more than 50% of the vote was counted; that lead eroded after counting resumed, and Hernández ultimately was declared the winner by a small margin. He has been accused of links to drug traffickers; his younger brother was convicted of drug charges in the United States in 2019.
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