Honduran president sworn into office for 2nd term; foes dispute vote results

President Juan Orlando Hernandez gives a speech during the inauguration ceremony in Tegucigalpa, on Saturday.

(CNN)Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was sworn in for a second term on Saturday in the country's capital, Tegucigalpa, as protestors outside the inauguration ceremony challenged the legitimacy of his election.

The ceremony at the Tiburcio Carias Andino national stadium took place under heavy security, and police in riot gear outside the stadium used tear gas to control protestors.
Army soldiers and riot police clashed with protestors outside of the second inauguration of President Juan Orlando Hernandez on Saturday.
Hernandez's re-election prompted days of unrest and protests that turned deadly on several occasions, forcing the government to impose a nightly curfew in December.
    The administration of Hernández has also been dogged by allegations of corruption and drug trafficking.
    In his inauguration speech, Hernandez said he was "ready to listen to any proposal without barriers because that is what dialogue is about, which will lead us to reconciliation and the healing of the Honduran people."
    His new term will run through 2022.
    The contested November 26 vote was marred by irregularities, with the vote count being abruptly halted while the opposition was ahead. Both the Organization of American States and the European Union found irregularities that they said called the results into question.
    The OAS observation mission to Honduras found several different issues with the electoral process, including "deliberate human intrusions in the computer system, intentional elimination of digital traces" and "pouches of votes open or lacking votes."
    The Honduran electoral commission, which is controlled by supporters of Hernández, said he won the election by a margin of about 50,000 votes.
    Opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla, a prominent TV star, had accused Hernandez of manipulating the election results.
    Supporters of Honduras' opposition presidential candidate protest in front of the US embassy in Tegucigalpa on December 8, 2017.