Military rule corruption a huge wealth gap crime and natural disasters have rendered Honduras one of the least developed and least secure countries in Central America.

Until the mid-1980s Honduras was dominated by the military which enthusiastically supported US efforts to stem revolutionary movements in the region.

Since then civilian leaders have sought to curb the power of the military – with varying degrees of success.

Some army officers have been charged with human rights abuses but many have still to be prosecuted for violations committed in the 1980s.