Information on the 1995 or 1996 municipal elections in Puerto Cortes, including the name of the elected mayor, the names of the other mayoral candidates, on whether Cesar Ortiz was one of the candidates and if so, the party for which he ran [HND27805.E]

The following information was provided by the municipal secretary (secretario municipal) of Puerto Cortes during a 2 October 1997 telephone interview with the DIRB.

Dr. Marlo Lara Orellana was elected mayor for a second term during the last municipal elections on 1 December 1996 in Puerto Cortes. However, Orellana resigned five months later after declaring his intent to run in the November 1997 presidential and legislative elections. Subsequently, Dr. Austin Beaumont became mayor of Puerto Cortes on 6 June 1997.

Only two candidates ran during the 1 December 1996 mayoral race: Orellana for Liberal Party and Dr. Joel Castro for the National Party. Julio Cesar Ortiz ran in the internal election (elección interna) for the National Party mayoral candidacy, but he lost to Castro.

Additional and/or corroborating information could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Municipalidad de Puerto Cortes, Honduras. 2 October 1997. Telephone interview with the municipal secretary.

Additional Sources Consulted

The Europa World Year Book 1997. 1997.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports. 1995-1996.

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. 1995-1997.

Latinamerica Press [Lima]. 1995-1997.

Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America Report [London]. 1995-1997.

Political Handbook of the World 1997. 1997.

Political Parties of the Americas: 1980s to 1990s. 1992.

Electronic sources: DIRB Databases, Global News Bank, LEXIS/NEXIS, Internet, REFWORLD (UNHCR database).