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Crisis in Honduras

La Opinin, Posted: Jun 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- Last week's military coup in Honduras should be severely condemned and President Manuel Zelaya should be reinstalled immediately, according to an editorial in La Opinin. Zelaya had hoped to change the constitution in order to extend his term in office. In Sunday's referendum, he intended to ask citizens if they would allow the upcoming November ballot to include the election of a Constituent Assembly to write a new constitution. The Supreme Court ruled that the referendum was illegal because it was not overseen by the electoral authorities. Zeyala ignored the decision, thereby creating an internal crisis within his administration. Roberto Micheletti, president of Congress, then accused Zeyala of incompetence and stripped him of his powers.

This may have been the appropiate constitutional process to follow, editors write, but the detention and forced removal of the president was not. Editors write that they are "extremely concerned" that Micheletti has now been named provisional president and that the Honduran legal system is permitting this military-initiated action. Ironically, Zeyala's image emerges even stronger as a toppled constitutional president than as a rebel leader, according to the editorial. It is the Honduran democracy and its institutions that will suffer.

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