But already in 2016, the US Embassy in the Honduras capital Tegucigalpa said Rodriguez was “under investigation for alleged links to drug-trafficking and corruption.”

Favored to win the presidential election are Tegucigalpa Mayor Nasry Asfura from the governing National Party, and leftist Xiomara Castro, the wife of former president Manuel Zelaya.

Having already served two terms as president, Hernandez cannot run for office again.

He insists the accusations against him and his brother are “false” and are retaliation by drug lords his government helped extradite to the United States.