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What’s Behind the Honduras Attorney General Dispute?

Demonstrators have criticized Honduran President Xiomara Castro over her party’s moves on designating a new attorney general. // File Photo: Honduran Government.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Tegucigalpa on Nov. 11 to protest Honduran President Xiomara Castro and her party’s decision to elect a new interim attorney general by committee vote instead of by legislative action. Brian Nichols, the U.S. deputy secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, expressed concerns about the move, writing that the decision “further undermines trust in the country’s institutions.” What motives were behind Castro’s appointment of the new interim attorney general, and what is the significance of that selection? How much substance is there to the opposition’s accusations that the move violated constitutional order? What does the increasing criticism from U.S. officials mean for the future of relations between the two countries?

Hugo Llorens, former U.S. ambassador to Honduras: “President Xiomara Castro was given an enormous electoral mandate in November 2021. In that election, the Honduran people rejected the eight years of misrule by former President Juan Orlando Hernández, who was subsequently extradited to the United States and awaits trial for drug trafficking. In this context, President Castro’s priority has been to institutionalize mechanisms to effectively tackle corruption. The most vital ministerial position to achieve this goal is the attorney general, who leads the Public Ministry. President Castro constructively engaged Congress to replace the attorney general. Unfortunately, the opposition, notably Hernández’s National Party, blocked any effort to name credible replacements. Its aim was…”

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