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Juan Orlando Hernández
Leading experts assess the under-the-radar stories to follow in the year ahead.

This week’s likely news stories: Mexico’s ruling party wins the congressional elections; Canada and Japan block a G7 statement on carbon emissions; Latin American officials to discuss Mercosur at EU-CELAC Summit; Argentina’s debt inflates after U.S. court ruling; protestors demand Honduran president’s resignation.

Juan Orlando Hernandez, the candidate for the conservative Partido Nacional (National Party), was confirmed as the new president of Honduras on Thursday.

We still don’t know the final tally of Sunday’s general election in Honduras, but if 68 percent of provisional results are valid, Juan Orlando Hernández will soon be the next president of Central America’s second-most populous country—with repercussions for the region and for the Obama administration’s Latin American policy hanging in the balance.

Likely top stories this week: Honduras’ election results are still pending; the Dominican Republic deports more Haitian immigrants; Henrique Capriles urges the Venezuelan opposition to vote; a new report says that most Americans favor citizenship for undocumented immigrants; Juan Manuel Santos and Rafael Correa meet in Colombia.

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