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Honduras Opposition Candidate Zelaya Wins Presidency


Honduran opposition Liberal Party candidate Mel Zelaya has won the country's presidential election.

The president of the Central American nation's electoral council, Aristides Mejia, announced Mr. Zelaya's win Monday, but did not give final figures.

Mr. Zelaya, who had declared victory late Sunday, will replace outgoing President Ricardo Maduro. He defeated ruling National Party candidate Porfirio Lobo Sosa.

Mr. Zelaya campaigned on a new system of citizen participation that combats corruption. He also has promised to implement life imprisonment for violent criminals, including youth gang members. His opponent proposed instituting the death penalty for certain violent crimes.

The 53-year-old Mr. Zelaya, a rancher and former investment minister, also advocates a free-market economy.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.