Honduras is preparing for its presidential elections next month and a favourite to become leader, Xiomara Castro, who would become the first female leader.
The top Honduran opposition parties have united behind Castro as their candidate for the Nov. 28 presidential election. She is the wife of a leftist former president who was ousted in a coup a stronger chance of ousting the ruling party.
The National Opposition Union (UNO) party backed Castro, 62, wife of former president Manuel Zelaya and candidate for the Liberty and Refoundation (Libre) party.
If she wins, Castro says she will establish diplomatic relations with China and legalise abortion in some situations. The alliance shakes up the presidential race and presents a serious challenge to President Juan Orlando Hernandez's National Party, in power since elections after Zelaya was ousted in a bloodless military coup in 2009. Until now, the National Party has been leading in polls.
"If we don't come together today, the country will lose. Together, nobody can beat us," UNO's previous candidate, television presenter Salvador Nasralla, 68, told a news conference. "We're going to rescue Honduras from dictatorship with Xiomara Castro as presidential candidate."
Castro said she aims to better manage Honduras' external and internal debt that stands at over $13 billion.