miércoles, 5 de febrero de 2014

Honduran Police chief says already a "dead man," but determined

The head of the Honduran National Police Ramón Antonio Sabillón Pineda said on 4 February that he was living on "borrowed time" for the death threats he receives from "unknown people," but that this would not stop him doing his work, La Prensa reported. Honduras has one of the world's highest crime rates and one of its cities, San Pedro Sula, was recently cited as the city with most murders in 2013. The country's new President Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado has vowed to fight and beat crime. Mr Sabillón said "I´m already dead and if I live that's a bonus," adding that he did not lose sleep over the threats, which made him more determined to fight crime. He said the telephone threats were being investigated and he could not say for sure yet if they were from "organised crime." Mr Sabillón Pineda was appointed National Police chief on 19 December 2013, replacing Juan Carlos Bonilla who was now a police attaché in Colombia, La Prensa reported. President Hernández was cited as calling on Hondurans that day to pray for judiciary servants who faced threats from criminals. He told a prayer meeting in Tegucicalpa that Hondurans should not just pray for the President, First Lady and Cabinet members, but "prosecutors, judges and magistrates being threatened right now" and who needed the "people's support," Proceso Digital reported on 4 February.

El Salvador to hold second round of presidential elections

El Salvador held general elections on 2 February, and is to hold a second round on 9 March in the absence of a clear winner. The two candidates competing for the Presidency that day would be Norman Quijano González of the right-wing ARENA party, and the former left-wing guerrilla Salvador Sánchez Cerén, representing the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, (FMLN), currently in power. The Salvadorean daily El Mundo reported on 5 February that between 53 and 55 per cent of eligible electors voted on 2 February, with the Supreme Electoral Court provisionally counting 2,668,272 valid votes for 4.9 million registered voters. San Salvador was the district where most voters exercised their right, the daily reported. The two candidates were now campaigning and negotiating for some 300,000 votes cast for the three-party Unidad coalition and its candidate Tony Saca, La Prensa Gráfica reported on 5 February.