The dispute between President-elect Castro’s party members in the Honduras Congress turns violent


A row between members of President-elect Xiomara Castro’s party in the Honduras Congress turned violent on Friday. Several lawmakers began fighting to get their point across.

This came as 20 rebel members proposed Jorge Calix, who was one of their cohorts, as interim Congress President. The MPs of her left-wing Libre party protested against this.

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A row between members of President-elect Xiomara Castro’s party in the Honduras Congress turned violent on Friday. Several lawmakers began fighting to get their point across.

This came as 20 rebel members proposed Jorge Calix, who was one of their cohorts, as interim Congress President. The MPs of her left-wing Libre party protested against this.

Castro’s supporters claimed it was a breach of the pact with coalition partner Libre.

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As Calix was sworn in, angry Libre lawmakers crowded the podium to shouts of “traitors” and “Xiomara!” This forced him to flee under a barrage of punches, jabs and jabs.

It was the first session of the 128-member Congress since the November 2021 election.

The crisis began on Thursday when Castro invited 50 MPs from her party to a meeting to ask them to endorse Luis Redondo of the Honduras Salvador Party (PSH) as congress president.

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The 20 rebel members did not attend the meeting.

Libre leader Gilberto Rios told AFP on Friday that the 20 are supported by groups who want to stop Castro’s promised anti-corruption campaign, including those involved in “organized crime” and “drug trafficking”.

(With contributions from agencies)

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