Honduran electoral website shows president 1.59 percent points ahead

Honduras scrutineers shows a ballots while he continues to count after seven days of the contested presidential election in Tegucigalpa, Honduras December 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez held a lead over his main opposition rival after a partial recount of a disputed Nov. 26 presidential vote that has sparked a political crisis, the website of the electoral tribunal showed Monday.

Hernandez had 42.98 percent of the vote, while TV star Salvador Nasralla had 41.39 percent, with 99.96 percent of votes tallied, according to the tribunal’s website.

The head of the tribunal, David Matamoros, has yet to declare an outright winner, telling reporters that parties could still file legal challenges and that the tribunal could still consider a wider recount.

He said there would be more announcements later on Monday.

Early last week, Nasralla, a former sportscaster and game show host, appeared set for an upset victory over Hernandez, gaining a five point lead with over half of the vote tallied.

After the count suddenly halted for more than a day, the sporadic vote count started leaning in favor of the incumbent.

Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz and Gustavo Palencia. Editing by Michael O’Boyle