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Honduras Court Declares Vote Count Shows 'Irreversible' Trend Toward Hernandez

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Honduras' electoral court has declared an "irreversible" trend in the presidential vote count that will make Juan Orlando Hernandez the winner despite a declaration of victory from his closest rival.

With about 68 percent of the nation's votes counted after Sunday's vote, a spokeswoman for the electoral court said on Monday that the ruling National Party's Hernandez, with 34 percent of the vote so far, will most likely triumph over the left-wing Libre Party's Xiomara Castro, who has 29 percent.

So far, Castro has continued to maintain that she is the winner of the election. Her husband, former president Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in 2009, has said she "does not accept" such a result and alleges there were inconsistencies in the voting process.

The U.S. ambassador to Honduras and the head of a European Union election observer team say the balloting process was conducted without irregularities, and urged the candidates to respect the results.

Castro's party has vowed to take legal action.