Honduras’ Young Woman President on Becoming the ‘Hope and Promise’ for a New Era

Xiomara Castro: ‘Honduras Now Has a Woman President’ Suspected Drug Smuggler Jailed for Almost 4 Years Gets 10 Months for ‘Ludicrous’ Offer Count of Honduran House Lawmakers Reject New Constitution In what has been…

Honduras' Young Woman President on Becoming the 'Hope and Promise' for a New Era

Xiomara Castro: ‘Honduras Now Has a Woman President’

Suspected Drug Smuggler Jailed for Almost 4 Years Gets 10 Months for ‘Ludicrous’ Offer

Count of Honduran House Lawmakers Reject New Constitution

In what has been a tumultuous year for Honduras, we’re seeing the “hope and promise” that appears to have brought about a new era of government in the country, as President Juan Orlando Hernandez put it Thursday.

With a former beauty queen representing the woman’s side of the political equation and a businessman on the men’s side, the country seems to be finally growing beyond the suspicion and hardships it has encountered for years.

Luisa Castro, a 23-year-old lawyer, won Honduras’ presidential election last month. Castro follows a recent series of women who have gotten to the top of their countries’ political hierarchies.

She was a pageant winner and student before becoming one of several candidates for office in 2018. As the number of women on Honduran politics’ roster in Congress doubled since 2017 to 22, the nation’s history of Democratic instability seems to be ready to be put to rest.

As the country goes through a presidential transition following last month’s election, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Robles, a former vice-president, will step into the role of vice-president. All of these women were able to overcome years of discrimination and have benefited from the strong economic growth over the past decade.

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