The country’s first female leader, Xiomara Castro, is struggling to advance her feminist agenda 14 years after a coup ended the presidency of her husband, who pursued similar causes.
The former leader of Honduras is accused of colluding with drug cartels to ship tons of cocaine to the United States in return for financial support for his political party.
Vice President Kamala Harris’s trip was viewed as more than just showcasing the U.S. presence at the inauguration of Xiomara Castro, the first female head of state in Honduras.
A split in the party of the president-elect, Xiomara Castro, has left her with little political means to fight corruption and organized crime.
Growing inequality and sputtering economies have helped fuel a wave of leftist victories that may soon extend to Brazil and Colombia.
The outcome appeared to be a repudiation of the National Party’s 12-year rule, marked by corruption and the dismantling of democratic institutions.
Hondurans head to the polls on Sunday, but widespread political violence during the campaign and questionable results from 2017 are looming large.