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Pope prays that Honduras peacefully resolves political crisis

Pope Francis expressed hope that violent clashes between protesters and troops and a government-imposed curfew in Honduras will be resolved peacefully.
/ Source: Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says he is praying that Honduras can peacefully overcome a violent political crisis.

Deadly protests have erupted in the Central American nation over a delayed vote count in a disputed presidential election.

Supporters of Honduran presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship coalition, Salvador Nasralla, clash with soldiers and riot police near the Electoral Supreme Court (TSE),in Tegucigalpa, on Nov. 30, 2017.Orlando Sierra / AFP - Getty Images

Francis told people in St. Peter's Square on Sunday he was remembering Hondurans in his prayers in a special way so they "can in a peaceful manner overcome the current difficult moment."

The main opposition candidate on Saturday called for the vote to be held again, after clashes between protesters and troops, and the government imposed a dawn-to-dusk curfew.

Both incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez and rival, television personality Salvador Nasralla, have claimed victory in the Nov. 26 election. At least one person has died in clashes.