Honduran president sworn in for 2nd term, pledging reforms

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TEGUCIGALPA, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez promised Saturday to bring about significant reforms in various fields to resolve the country's ongoing political crisis.

"We will ask nobody to abandon their convictions, nor their ideas, nor their dreams and hopes for this country. We must begin a process of cleansing our society, working together to build a better place for our descendants to grow up in," said Hernandez after being sworn in, following his re-election victory.

Hernandez said his first act would be to create a "task force" that will immediately coordinate actions to maximize employment through existing programs and new initiatives.

He added that a separate task force would be created to ensure food is sold at "affordable prices" and is supplied and distributed through markets -- an initiative called "food on your table."

Hernandez also instructed his cabinet to immediately redouble efforts to reach more families through the "Vida Mejor" (Better Life) program.

Hernandez said he would speak with the opposition about finding an exit from the crisis.

The president vowed to make his best efforts to reach agreements that bring "peace and tranquillity" to the Central American republic.

According to the opposition, electoral violence has left over 40 people dead since Nov. 26.

The opposition alliance has dismissed the results of the elections in which Hernandez beat his rival, Salvador Nasralla. Enditem

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