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Honduras president wants to break term limit just once

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez (C) with mother Elvira Alvarado (L) and wife Ana Garcia announces that he will run for re-election in Tegucigalpa on November 9, 2016 © AFP

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Nov 10 – Honduras’s president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, said Wednesday he wants to put aside a constitutional bar on his re-election just once, and would not stand again after elections in a year’s time.

“I promise before the Honduran people to aspire to a single period of government,” beyond his current four-year term, the 48-year-old leader told reporters.

His bid to win another mandate in November 2017 is a controversial one in Honduras.

A previous president, Manuel Zelaya, was ousted in 2009 after he tried to hold a non-binding referendum on ending the one-term limit.

The Central American nation’s 1982 constitution limits presidents to a single term.

It even strips the citizenship of anyone who promotes changing the law to allow re-election.

But Hernandez’s National Party, which also controls Congress, says a Supreme Court ruling last year allows him to stand for a new term.

The opposition disagrees, arguing the court does not have that power.

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