Weekly Report - 12 January 2023 (WR-23-02)

HONDURAS: CSJ election in final stages as Cicih takes shape

With the final shortlist of candidates for Honduras’s 15-member supreme court (CSJ) due to be submitted to congress by 23 January, concerns persist regarding the calibre of candidates. The CSJ’s integrity is widely considered crucial to ensuring that the leftist Partido Libertad y Refundación (Libre) government led by President Xiomara Castro, which took office nearly a year ago, is able to deliver on its key electoral promise to tackle corruption – a pledge on which Castro recently claimed progress: last month the government inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations (UN) over a new international commission against corruption and impunity in Honduras (Cicih).

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