Written by Staff Writer, CNN
Pope Francis will meet the president-elect of Honduras on Monday, a day after ruling he will not meddle in the nation’s politics.
Eduardo Stein is the first woman and leader of a leftist party to be elected President of the Central American nation.
With 99% of votes counted, Stein is ahead with 67.66% to 65.32% for conservative former interior minister Juan Orlando Hernandez.
Stein, who calls herself the “guardian of the revolution” has never held office.
3,334 ballots still outstanding
Although the ruling National Party has rejected Stein’s victory, the outgoing president, Juan Orlando Hernandez has accepted the result.
Hernandez conceded defeat in a brief statement published by his campaign on Saturday, writing, “I want to congratulate Eduardo Stein on his victory of the presidential election.”
Photos of the outgoing President posing with US President Donald Trump appeared on the social media account of his party.
Stein is an anti-corruption activist and a member of the left-wing Frente Baja Libre party, which was founded by former presidents Manuel Zelaya and Alvaro Colom.
She is the heir to the powerful family, including former presidents Manuel Zelaya and Manuel Zelaya Jr, who are being investigated by the United States.
Stein has said she will not collaborate with Honduras’ ruling party, but has said she is interested in forming a center-left alliance to govern the country.
Her election comes as Honduras has been hit by a sharp economic downturn as a result of soaring migration from impoverished and violent areas of the country to the US.
Stein was banned from participating in the televised presidential debate that she had been invited to because she has not released her tax returns. She instead encouraged supporters to vote for her by taking to the streets.
Before the result, Hernandez accused Stein of participating in election fraud. He received around 7.4 million votes, while Stein received more than 4.5 million.
As several social media platforms, including Facebook and Google, were hacked in December, Stein urged Hondurans to use internet to get their views heard.
Honduras’ next President will be sworn in on March 29.