Leftist Xiomara Castro was sworn in Thursday as the first woman president of Honduras after seemingly resolving a rebellion in her own party that had challenged her authority.
“I promise to be faithful to the Republic, to comply with and enforce the Constitution and its laws,” 62-year-old Castro said at a ceremony attended by international dignitaries and her choice for Congress president, Luis Redondo.
Redondo had been at the center of a disruptive rivalry within Castro’s Libre party, which is in a majority alliance in Congress.
Factions of Libre split on who should be the legislature’s new president and held rival sittings in the past week.
Castro needs a loyal Congress to carry out her election promises to tackle corruption, crime and poverty.
Her election last November brought an end to 12 years of right-wing National Party (PN) rule that followed the ousting of her husband, former president Manuel Zelaya, in a 2009 coup d’etat.
“Twelve years of struggle, 12 years…
Source: Guardian Newspaper