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Mark Anthony Howard | Opinions Editor

In the last decade Honduras has quietly become the most violent country in the world.

The nation has one of the highest homicide rates in the hemisphere and has emerged as the principal transshipment point in the region for cocaine to the U.S.

Its corrupt political system has set the tone for a feudal residence fueled by gangs and drug trafficking. This November held the nation’s 2014 presidential race, but even that has not gone without the countries trademark of murder, corruption and scandal.

Xiomara Castro, the wife of ousted ex-president Manuel Zelaya, was counted to have won the presidency and claimed victory through her Twitter, but
so did her opponent Juan Orlando of the National Party.

Castro represents the newly created Free Party which is a change from the nations usually domination between its National Party and its Liberal Party.

The gridlock and confusion represent more of the same for the Honduran country. It doesn’t matter who is elected. Although each candidate may claim to represent a lobby toward change and progress, the truth is that neither would dare any dramatic change in the countries corrupt political institution.

The countries violent resistance to any dramatic changes is the derivative of the countries crisis in the first place.

Any candidate who would dare to make any type of considerable reform in the countries direction (as president Zelaya tried) would be doing so in direct threat of his or her own life.

Castro’s campaign as a Free Party is a noble counter to the digressing connotation of the Honduran country and its political system, but neither her candidacy nor any of her opponents may offer any real life resolution to the violent financial crisis that Honduras sunk itself into.