National Party of Honduras

Published 22nd November, 2013

The National Party of Honduras or PNH was founded, according to various sources on any of the dates, 1899, 1902, 1918, 1923 and 1944. Whatever the true date, it is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, of the political parties in Honduras. It describes itself as Right-wing and believes in Conservatism and Nationalism.

The PNH held power for much of the period 1933 to 1957 including the period when the dictator General Tiburcio Carías Andino was in power (1933 – 1949). It was again the government in 1971 – 1972 and 1985 – 1987 when it was part of national unity governments with the Liberal Party of Honduras (PLH).

In 1989 the party’s presidential candidate Rafael Callejas won the election with 52.29% of the vote and the party won 76 of the 128 seats in Congress.

They lost the 1993 and 1997 elections but in 2001 Ricardo Maduro won 52.2% of the vote and was elected president whilst the party took 61 of the 128 seats

The party lost again in 2005 when its presidential candidate Porfirio Pepe Lobo took 46.2% and the party won just 55 seats.

Following the ousting of President Manuel Zelaya (PLH) from office in 2009 by the military, Porfirio Pepe Lobo won the presidential election with 56.56% of the vote and the party won a comfortable 71 of 128 seats in the National Congress.

The National Party of Honduras is a member of the International Democrat Union (IDU) and has regional affiliations with the Union of Latin American Parties and the Democratic Alliance Group of the Central American Parliament.

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