Security forces said rioters had damaged vehicles and businesses, some of which had been doused in gasoline and set on fire. One opposition leader, Juan Barahona, said the protests would continue -- despite the violence appearing to subside on Friday."Day and night we are going to go out into the streets, because only then will the theft of the presidency be reversed," he said.Hernandez broadcast a statement calling for calm and telling his supporters to wait for the result later Friday.The Organization of American States observer mission urged the authority in a letter Thursday to ensure that 100 percent of the ballots were processed before declaring a result."Political parties should be given the opportunity to present challenges.Trades that moved about 4 million ounces of gold in a matter of minutes awakened the precious metal from its slumber. on the Comex in New York Friday almost 40,000 contracts, each representing 100 ounces of the metal, traded in a span of 10 minutes.Police said at least 12 civilians were injured, some by gunfire, after violence erupted in several parts of the country -- sparked by opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla claiming fraud and calling his supporters onto the streets.President Juan Orlando Hernandez -- seeking re-election despite a constitutional ban on a second term -- held a 1.5 percent lead over his leftist rival, TV personality Nasralla, with 94 percent of the vote counted, the Supreme Election Tribunal (TSE) said.
Fresh clashes broke out Friday between riot police and opposition supporters in Honduras, as the counting of votes in a cliff-hanging presidential election rolled into a fifth day.
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