New Honduran president sworn-in urging U.S. to continue support for anti-drug effort
Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez, left, deliver his speech after his swearing in ceremony as new president in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (AP / Arnulfo Franco)
Published Monday, January 27, 2014 2:44PM EST
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez has been sworn in as president of Honduras after urging the United States to continue its support for counter-narcotics operations.
The 46-year-old lawyer said he would follow a policy of "zero tolerance" against violent crime and drug-trafficking.
"Let me be clear: time has run out for the criminals," he said.
Hernandez says the U.S. must recognize its responsibility for Honduras' homicide statistics, the world's highest for a country not at open war, because the vast majority of killings are linked to the south-to-north drug trade that uses Honduran territory as a transit point.
Hernandez replaces fellow conservative Porfirio Lobo, who took office in 2010 amid a crisis set off by the ousting of leftist Manuel Zelaya.