Replacement Duel Ensues in Honduras After President Ousted

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    Replacement Duel Ensues in Honduras After President Ousted

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Honduras' new leaders defied growing global pressure on Monday to reverse a military coup, arguing that they had followed their constitution in removing a leftist president who attacked it.
    Presidents from around Latin America were gathering in Nicaragua for meetings Monday on how to reverse the first coup in Central America in at least 16 years.
    The Obama administration and European governments denounced the coup. U.S. officials said they were working for the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya and European officials offered to mediate talks between the two sides.

    "Zelaya was seized by soldiers and hustled aboard a plane to Costa Rica early Sunday, just hours before a rogue referendum he had called in defiance of the courts and Congress, and which his opponents said was an attempt to remain in power after his term ends Jan. 27.
    Micheletti said he would only serve out the end of Zelaya's term, which ends in January following presidential elections set for November.
    "We respect everybody and we only ask that they respect us and leave us in peace because the country is headed toward free and transparent general elections in November," Micheletti said.
    His designated foreign minister, Enrique Ortez Colindres told HRN on Monday that no coup had occurred. He said the military had merely upheld the constitution "that the earlier government wanted to reform without any basis and in an illegal way."


    Replacement Duel Ensues in Honduras After President Ousted - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News - FOXNews.com


    Hmmm. Hugo Chavez and Barack Obama are on the same side of this issue. That's kind of scary.
     
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    That's pretty much the story I got from a friend who has property in Honduras, hence a huge stake in this.

    Little wonder that Little Lord Obammyroy supports a leftist despot, who was seeking to usurp the Honduran constitution.
     
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    Most people don't favor military dictatorships. Its not really a controversial issue, except for some reason Dude is A OK with a military dictatorship here.
     
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    Sounds to me like Dude is on the right side of this one. It would appear that Zelaya had learned from Chavez how to get around the constitutional constraints of term limits and the rest of the Honduran government decided that wasn't going to happen.
     
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    Its not the "rest of the Honduran government", its the unelected Honduran Military who decided that wasn't going to happen.
     
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    Hmmm... Then how is it that Michelleti was sworn in by the National Congress of Honduras after Zelaya was arrested?
     
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    Countries are right to condemn an overthrow of a democratically elected government by the army. Whatever one might think of Zelaya, he is the democratically elected head of government. Circumventing democracy should always be condemned by other democracies and those who believe in democracy. By not condemning the military coup of a democratically elected government, the United States would be undermining its own moral standing in the world.

    One must remember that the Honduran army oversaw one of the most brutal dictatorships in Latin America, slaughtering tens of thousands of people, including women and children, in the 1980s. The fact that people might be a little jumpy about an institution with a history of such brutality against their own citizens is no surprise.

    Having said that, the facts on the ground aren't black and white. Zelaya wanted to convene a constituent assembly to amend via a referendum the constitution to allow him to run for more than one term. The Supreme Court said that was illegal. The legislature, as I understand it, has that right, not the President. The legislature opposed Zelaya's initiative, including members of his own party. Zelaya ordered the army to enforce the voting of the referendum. The army refused because the Supreme Court said it was illegal. Zelaya then fired his defense minister who refused to cooperate and the top military commander. The Supreme Court ordered the army to arrest Zelaya. The new President, Micheletti, is a member of Zelaya's party.

    So, countries are right to condemn the coup. However, it appears that Zelaya was attempting to break the law.
     
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    what if he had violated his oath of office and the Honduran Constitution?
     
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    Based on your post, it sounds as if the army did not pull a coup. They followed the instructions of the court. How different would this be from an impeachment in our democracy? It almost sounds as if the Honduran checks and balances actually worked.
     
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    As I understand it, the army was supposed to arrest Zelaya, not depose him.

    If Obama were ordered arrested, the army does not have the right to overthrow him and install Biden as President. Same in Honduras. That is why the country is being condemned internationally.
     

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