December 23, 2017 / 12:52 AM / a year ago

Honduran opposition candidate Nasralla says 'I no longer have anything to do in politics' after U.S. recognition of Hernandez victory

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Honduran opposition candidate Salvador Nasal said his bid for the presidency was a “lost cause” on Friday after the United States recognised President Juan Orlando Hernandez as winner of the election.

“The situation is practically decided,” Nasal said in an interview with TV network France 24. “I no longer have anything to do in politics, but the people, which are 80 percent in my favour, will continue the fight.”

The United States backed Hernandez as winner of the Nov. 26 election despite widespread misgivings about the vote count.

Reporting by Gustavo Palencia; additional reporting by Diego Ore and Julia Love; editing by Dave Graham

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