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Hypocrisy in Honduras

La Opinin, Editorial, Staff Posted: Oct 01, 2009

Honduras interim President Roberto Micheletti has repeatedly accused his predecessor, Mel Zelaya, of taking unilateral and arbitrary actions. It is ironic that the de facto leaders stubbornness is now leading him to act in a similar fashion, extending the political crisis.

It should be clear that if the constitution was violated, Zelaya is not the only guilty party in terms of his ouster. Nowhere in the constitution does it say that the armed forces or another civilian authority can expel a Honduran president or a citizen as punishment for alleged crimes. The justice system could order his or her capture to be charged and tried, but not removed from the country. Thus, the alleged constitutional process followed was flawed and leaves Micheletti and his de facto government wide open to questions of legality and legitimacy. Under these conditions, a political agreement is the only logical way out.

But, as weve said before, Michelettis government believed it could make an authoritarian decision like the expulsion of an elected president and continue merrily on its way. This process itself reveals a false commitment to the constitution.

Even more serious is the declaration of a state of emergency, the closing of media, and the repression of opposition political expression dictatorial measures issued in a presidential decree by a de facto president. This should be enough to eliminate the false impression of constitutionality some are attempting to portray.

Micheletti should have listened to the vast majority of presidential candidates in the upcoming November election and accepted the San Jos Accord. Had he done so, Honduras would not be going through this difficult time. But his intransigence has led to a more severe crisis from which it will be increasingly difficult to emerge.


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