President of Honduras

President of the
Republic of Honduras
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Incumbent
Juan Orlando Hernández

since 27 January 2014
Residence Palacio "José Cecilio del Valle"
Term length 4 years
Inaugural holder Dionisio de Herrera
Formation 27 January 1982
Deputy Vice President of Honduras
Website presidencia.gob.hn
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The President of the Republic of Honduras (Spanish: Presidente de la República de Honduras), is the head of state and head of government of Honduras, and the Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. According to the 1982 Constitution of Honduras, the Government of Honduras consists of three branches: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. The President is the head of the Executive branch, their primary duty being to "Execute and enforce the Constitution, treaties and conventions, laws and other legal dispositions." The President is directly elected for a four year term.

Eligibility

Section V, Chapter 6 of the Constitution establishes the office of President and sets forth the powers of and eligibility for the office. Qualifications are extremely stringent, designed to prevent a dictatorship by political, military, or business figures. To be eligible to run for president, the candidate is required to:

  • Be a natural-born Honduran.
  • Be more than 30 years old at the time of the election.
  • Enjoy the full rights of Honduran citizenship.
  • Not be an official of any church or religious denomination.
  • Not be in active military service during the six months prior to the election.
  • Not be a Presidential appointee, secretary or under-secretary of state, judge, or member of the electoral court, attorney general or deputy attorney, Comptroller General or Deputy Comptroller General, or an executive of a privately held institution for at least six months prior to the election.
  • Not be an officer of the armed forces or law enforcement, or an active soldier therein for at least 12 months prior to the election.
  • Not be the spouse or relative of the President or any military leader.
  • Not have already served as President.
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