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Honduran President Will Weather Corruption Charges

Updated: Nov 11, 2021

Azimuth Advisor Charles Call told the New York Times on March 23, 2021 that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández should have been "crippled" by corruption allegations made against him in US federal courtroom. Witnesses told the court that the Central American leader had "received briefcases stuffed with cash... held clandestine meetings with drug traffickers in a rice factory...sought to invest in a cocaine lab...[and] vowed to flood the United States with drugs."

And yet, Call said, "there have been so many shadows over the legitimacy of his [Hernández's] presidency and he’s still been able to hold the office," and Call predicted the Honduran president would ride this one out as well.

Charles Call, a professor at American University and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, is an Azimuth Social Research Advisor for governance, anti-corruption, and the rule of law.

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