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Pressure grows for Hernandez’s resignation in Honduras

Monday, August 19, 2019

Significance

Three months after unrest flared in Honduras, President Juan Orlando Hernandez remains under pressure. While protests have decreased in frequency, they remain a concern to the government, especially given the protesters’ increasing focus on corruption issues. Ongoing tensions will hit investment, weighing on economic growth that could help ease some of the protesters’ grievances.

Impacts

  • Ongoing unrest and weakening economic prospects may encourage more outward migration, especially towards the United States.
  • Washington’s decision to cut funding to Central America will further weigh on Hernandez’s ability to fund economic initiatives.
  • Calls to extend the mandate of the mission to fight impunity and corruption suggest protests are now focusing on anti-corruption.
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