First female Honduras president – level 3
Candidate Xiomara Castro claimed victory in the Honduran presidential election after early results showed her a win over the ruling party.
According to the electoral leaders, Castro had almost 54% support, compared with 34% for the ruling party. Castro’s victory makes her the nation’s first female president, and it ends 12 years of conservative rule by the National Party that has been roiled by scandals linking it to organized crime and cocaine trafficking.
62-year-old Castro promised to tax the rich, repair the nation’s failed neoliberal model and consider whether to end its alliance with Taiwan. Her supporters danced and waved red flags outside the headquarters of her Libre Party in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. The voter turnout was about 68%.
Difficult words: roil (to disturb or irritate), traffic (to move or buy illegal things), neoliberal model (a policy that emphasizes the value of free market competition).
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