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Honduras Zelaya calls for resistance against ‘illegal dictatorship’

HONDURAN former president Manuel Zelaya has urged supporters to keep resisting the “illegal dictatorship” in his New Year’s message.

In a statement posted on his Twitter account, Mr Zelaya, who was ousted in a US-backed 2009 coup, assured Opposition Alliance Against Dictatorship party supporters that 2018 would be the “definitive year of our liberation.”

He called for protests against the December 17 decision of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal to hand victory in the presidential election to incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez.

It followed credible allegations of fraud after an early five-point lead for Alliance candidate Salvador Nasralla was reversed as the vote count extended over a week.

Even pro-Washington Organisation of American States secretary general Luis Almagro called for a rerun of the election on December 27.

“We won’t rest but will battle on all fronts until the sublime moment arrives and we can celebrate,” Mr Zelaya said.

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