Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit with Honduran President Pepe Lobo is a “bold statement,” according to his spokesman Dimitri Soudas. Harper is the first foreign leader to visit Honduras since a constitutional crisis two years ago that overthrew the previous president. His visit is part of a tour of Latin America that ends Friday night. Violent crime is a serious problem in Honduras, where the per capita murder rate is one of the highest in the world. The country has a 28 percent unemployment rate, while 50 percent of Hondurans live below the poverty line.
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