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Honduras Says “No” To Zelaya Reinstatement

The Honduran Congress voted overwhelmingly yesterday not to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya and allow him to finish his term.  The vote saw 111 of the 128 member body reject reinstatement.   That includes no votes from Zelaya’s own Liberal party which holds a majority of seats in the Congress.  There is apparently a deep divide within that party concerning the swing to the left which they see as being influenced by Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

This also ends the US brokered deal which would have seen Zelaya return to finish out his term.  The vote, as I see it, should put an end to outside attempts to reinstate Zelaya.  When only 14 out of a body of 128 vote for such a reinstatementj (3 were absent) – especially when his own party holds a majority- I think it is fair to conclude that such a return is not considered to be in the best interest of the country.



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14 Responses to Honduras Says “No” To Zelaya Reinstatement

  • I think it is fair to conclude that such a return is not considered to be in the best interest of the country.

    Unless Obama thinks otherwise, regardless of the opinions of the Honduran legislature or of the people.

  • It boggled my mind that Zelaya himself wanted this vote.  Did he think they would put him back in office?

  • Honduras did not say to Manuel Zelaya. The Golpista Congress who ousted him out said no. The people want him back1!!

    • Yeah – that’s why the Honduran people turned out in record numbers to elect a new president Sunday, huh? I would assume, had they have wanted him back as you claim, then they’d have boycotted the elections like he asked them too.

    • That would be the congress that was duly elected by the people, wouldn’t it?

    • Wait, you’re serious?  That makes it even funnier!

    • Manuel!  Did you get your magic computer back so you can ride the internet?  Tough luck with the job loss man, we here in the US currently have a higher unemployment rate than we like, otherwise there might be a White House job available for you.  Perhaps you can check and see if Hugo or Fidel have openings in their countries?
      Best of luck on the career change.

  • I’ve got a ringside seat, having lived in Honduras for 15 years. I can assure you that most people feel relieved, and satisfied with the outcome. Nothing will satisfy Mel and his hardest core supporters, except a Socialist Revolution. They’ll have to forget it for now. Funding for the “Resistance” has pretty well dried up!

    • I’m going to take a leaf from our president’s playbook and say, “I’m sorry for the shabby way my country has treated Honduras.”

      At the very least, we should have kept our noses out of their business.  Actually, we SHOULD have been on the side of law and order and democracy. 

      Which, in this case, pretty much amounts to the same thing, actually…

  • The State Department staff are reported to have a ridiculous response to all this. The State Department is apparently well aware of the constitutional provisions that justify the ex-president’s removal, but believes that they are irrelevant because they were not cited by the Honduran Supreme Court prior to the President’s removal. The U.S. Embassy in Honduras argues that because the court did not cite Article 239 in its order to arrest the President, Article 239’s provision stripping presidents of their office for proposing an end to term limits (as Honduras’s ex-president did) is an irrelevant after-the-fact “post-removal” rationalization.
    The State Department staff’s position reflects a basic misunderstanding of how courts operate in the real world. It is quite common for courts to rule first, and issue an opinion explaining their reasoning later, especially in election disputes and other cases where courts need to rule rapidly (like removing a would-be dictator).

  • I suspect Hugo Llorens, U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, and a close personal friend of Mel Zelaya has had a lot to do with the hard line U.S. position taken against Honduras.