Xiomara Castro De Zelaya created history by being sworn in as the first-ever female President of Honduras on Thursday, January 27, 2022, in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. She registered her landslide win in the general elections with a restorative margin.
The 62-year-old leader of the left-wing Libre Party has promised the citizens of Honduras to eradicate poverty and liberalize them from the inadequate abortion laws while also fighting against corruption in the governance.
She cited, “The economic catastrophe that I am inheriting is unparalleled in the history of our nation. My government would not continue the maelstrom of looting that has condemned generations of young individuals to pay the debt they incurred behind their back“. Although, the leader is having a lot of challenges placed ahead of her, such as – corruption, problematic healthcare and educational system, unemployment as well as violence.
Several world leaders, including the Caribbean, have congratulated Castro on her massive win and engraving history while wishing her good luck for her tenure. The Vice President of the United States of America, Kamala Harris, also attended the sworn-in ceremony of the newly elected first female President of Honduras. The vice president of Taiwan, William Lai, was also among the attendees.
Prime Minister of Belize, extending his wishes, cited, “Extending my personal congratulations to President Xiomara Castro De Zelaya on her historic victory as the first female President of her country. I also took the opportunity to meet with Vice President El Salvador Felix Ulloa Jr. We spoke on varied regional matters, especially SICA and ways to revitalize that regional body. I also extended Belize’s invite for the President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele to attend the CARICOM/SICA Summit on March 3 this year. #regionalunity“.
Meanwhile, Jason Marczak, senior director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council, stated, “Honduras has been a very tough partner for the United States, particularly during the administration of Juan Orlando Hernandez for a number of reasons, including the consistent swirl of illegal activity around him and his family”.