Honduran president starts new term as protests erupt

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Honduran president starts new term as protests erupt
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez gives a thumbs up to supporters as he arrives to be sworn in for a second term, at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. The opposition does not recognize Hernandez's victory following disputed poll results, and has been protesting ahead of his Jan. 27 swearing-in ceremony. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has been sworn in for a new term amid protests against the November election that was marred by irregularities and allegations of fraud.

The head of Congress put the presidential sash on Hernandez in Saturday morning’s ceremony in the capital, Tegucigalpa. The president promised to begin “a process of reconciliation to unite the Honduran family.”

Soldiers and police deployed tear gas to block thousands of demonstrators from marching to the national stadium to protest the inauguration.

Opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla told The Associated Press that “this is how the dictator oppresses his people.”