Liberty and Refoundation

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Liberty and Refoundation
Libertad y Refundación
Abbreviation Libre
Leader José Manuel Zelaya Rosales
Founded 26 June 2011
Headquarters Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Ideology Democratic socialism[1]
Political position Left-wing
Regional affiliation Foro de São Paulo
Colors Red and Black
National Congress
28 / 128

Liberty and Refoundation (Spanish: Libertad y Refundación, Libre; libre is the Spanish word for "free") is a leftist political party in Honduras.[2] Libre was founded in 2011 by the National Popular Resistance Front (FNRP), a leftist coalition of organizations opposed to the 2009 coup.[2]

Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, the wife of former President Manuel Zelaya who was deposed in the 2009 coup, was the presidential candidate of the party in the 2013 presidential election;[3] the latter Zelaya was not allowed to run for a second term under the constitution. Castro took second place in the four-way race, receiving approximately 29% of the vote behind Juan Orlando Hernández's 34%.[4]

At least eighteen Libre pre-candidates, candidates, family members, and campaign leaders were killed between June 2012 and October 2013.[5]

Election results[edit]

Presidential elections[edit]

Election year Candidate Votes
# of overall votes % of overall vote
2013 Xiomara Castro 896,498 28.78%

National Congress[edit]

Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Government
2013 7,568,392 27.51 (#2)
37 / 128
Increase 37 in opposition
2017 TBD TBD
0 / 128

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dawn Paley (10 December 2013). "In Honduras Election, the People's Will Is Hushed but Not Silenced". The Nation. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  2. ^ a b Dana Frank (2012-05-22). "Honduras: Which Side Is the US On?". The Nation. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  3. ^ "Partido Libre ratifica a Xiomara Castro como candidata presidencial". (in Spanish). TeleSUR. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  4. ^ "El oficialista Juan Orlando Hernández encabeza la elección de Honduras". CNN Mexico. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  5. ^ Karen Spring (October 21, 2013). "Context of the Honduran Electoral Process 2012: Incomplete list of Killings and Armed Attacks Related to Political Campaigning in Honduras" (PDF). Rights Action. Retrieved 2013-11-16.