Honduras: Chaos in congress as politicians brawl over election of new president

Honduras: Chaos in congress as politicians brawl over election of new president

1/22/2022 4:40:00 AM

Honduras: Chaos in congress as politicians brawl over election of new president

President-elect Xiomara Castro's authority takes a hit after around 20 members of her own party break ranks over the leadership of the Honduran congress.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player0:38Why you can trust Sky NewsThere were chaotic scenes in Honduras's congress after a brawl broke out between members of president-elect Xiomara Castro's party during the swearing in of a new congressional president.

Members of Ms Castro's leftist Libre Party fought among themselves after congressman Jorge Calix was elected as congress president instead of Luis Redondo.Ms Castro had earlier agreed with coalition partner the Honduras Saviour Party (PSH) that Mr Redondo would be elected for the position. However, around 20 rebel Libre Party members voted against Mr Redondo.

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Saturday 22 January 2022 01:46, UK Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:38 Why you can trust Sky News There were chaotic scenes in Honduras's congress after a brawl broke out between members of president-elect Xiomara Castro's party during the swearing in of a new congressional president. Members of Ms Castro's leftist Libre Party fought among themselves after congressman Jorge Calix was elected as congress president instead of Luis Redondo. Ms Castro had earlier agreed with coalition partner the Honduras Saviour Party (PSH) that Mr Redondo would be elected for the position. However, around 20 rebel Libre Party members voted against Mr Redondo. Image: Xiomara Castro was elected as president after securing a coalition with the Saviour Party which was promised the presidency of congress. Pic AP Amid cries of"traitors" and"Xiomara", angry politicians forced their way onto the podium where Mr Calix was being sworn in. Mr Calix was forced to flee after the congressmen started to throw punches. Advertisement