Xiomara Castro becomes Honduras' first female president
The big picture: Castro, a leftist, has promised to tackle drug trafficking and ease the country's strict abortion ban. Her election ends the right-wing National Party's 12-year run, which was dogged by claims of corruption.
- "My government will not continue the maelstrom of looting that has condemned generations of young people to pay the debt they incurred behind their back," Castro said in her inaugural address, per Reuters.
Why it matters: Honduras is a key focus for the Biden administration, which has vowed to address the root causes driving migration to the U.S. border.
- "In Castro, the first woman to lead Honduras, the administration believes America has found an ally who will help stem corruption in a region rife with government abuse and unethical excess," the Washington Post writes.
- Ending political corruption will be key to bettering Hondurans' lives and convincing them to stay in their country instead of risking danger to reach the U.S., advisers to Harris told WashPost.