The former president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, had been protected from prosecution by a Department of Justice policy to not indict sitting heads of state. After he stepped down last month that is no longer the case.
After 12 years of right-wing National Party (PN) rule, Castro's Libre party takes the reins on the challenges facing Honduras.
The migrants, mostly young people carrying backpacks on their shoulders and women with children, in the northern city of San Pedro Sula left for the border post of Corinto in an attempt to enter Guatemala.
Nasry Asfura of ruling National Party congratulates leftist rival Xiomara Castro despite only about half of voting tallies having been counted.
Former first lady Xiomara Castro could be the country's first female president as she holds a nearly 20-point lead over the ruling party's candidate, according to the initial results.
Hondurans vote for a successor to deeply unpopular President Juan Orlando Hernandez in elections that could oust his National Party after 12 years in power.
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