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12/2/2009

Honduran Congress Rejects Zelaya Bid

Filed under: International — DRJ @ 7:50 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

When we last checked into Honduras, it had accepted a U.S.-brokered deal to proceed with its Presidential election provided the government also considered reinstating former President Manuel Zelaya. In a bold move, the President of the Honduran Congress scheduled its vote after the November 29, 2009, presidential election.

Now the Honduran Congress has voted overwhelmingly not to reinstate Zelaya:

“With the vote continuing, more than two-thirds of lawmakers [in the Honduran Congress] had voted not to return the deposed president to power for the remainder of his term, which ends Jan. 27, as Washington and many Latin American governments had urged. Honduran media put the ongoing vote at 98-12.

That was well over the simple majority needed in the 128-member, single-chamber Congress for the vote against restoring Zelaya to succeed.

Zelaya himself, who listened to the proceedings from his refuge in the Brazilian Embassy, had said he wouldn’t return for a token two months even if asked. He urged other governments not to restore ties with the incoming administration of Porfirio Lobo, who won Sunday’s presidential election.

Honduras’ interim leaders have proven remarkably resistant to diplomatic arm-twisting since the June 28 coup, rejecting near universal demands that Zelaya be restored to his office before the previously scheduled election. Now lawmakers have even snubbed international demands that he be allowed to serve the final two months of his presidency.

Lawmaker after lawmaker insisted Wednesday that they were right the first time when they voted to oust Zelaya for ignoring a Supreme Court order to cancel a referendum on changing the constitution. That vote happened hours after soldiers stormed into Zelaya’s residence and flew him into exile in his pajamas.”

As one Honduran patriot-lawmaker said:

“My vote is (a lesson) for anyone who pretends to perpetuate himself in power. My vote is so that my son can look at me and say ‘Dad you defended democracy,’ said Antonio Rivera of Lobo’s conservative National Party.”

We could use more leaders like this in the United States.

— DRJ

15 Responses to “Honduran Congress Rejects Zelaya Bid”

  1. Honduras 1; USA 0

    No contest.

    MIke K (2cf494)

  2. My vote is so that my son can look at me and say ‘Dad you defended democracy

    Michelle and Barry’s children will never say that.

    highpockets (bb65bc)

  3. You’ve got to love those Hondurans, they are more american than us yanks.

    Sanmon (319c0c)

  4. True profiles in courage, they deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, well, I mean, if they received it, it would help boost the Prize’s image

    MD in Philly (227f9c)

  5. In yer face Obama – you communist waste of sperm

    DaveinPhoenix (988dba)

  6. Obama’s sitting there in his House Of No Apparent Color saying “But… but… but I’m important!” in a much more narcissistic manner than Clinton’s “But… but… but I’m relevant!”

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  7. It’s embarrassing……once upon a time this was us.

    Roscoe (afa37c)

  8. My vote is (a lesson) for anyone who pretends to perpetuate himself in power. My vote is so that my son can look at me and say ‘Dad you defended democracy,’ said Antonio Rivera of Lobo’s conservative National Party.

    Somehow I can’t imagine Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman, or Barney Frank justifying a vote in this way.

    OK, the Frank reference was maybe a low blow.

    JVW (0fe413)

  9. Isn’t it a violation of protocol, if not international law, for an embassy to be interfering with the host country’s government?

    I’d think that at the very least Honduras would be kicking Brazilian diplomats out on a daily basis until they take the loon home with them.

    Kevin Murphy (3c3db0)

  10. Note how weird this “coup” was. Probably the first time in history a “coup” displaced the sitting president of the usurper’s own party, then held scheduled elections which ended in a peaceful transfer of power. But if the New York Times calls it a coup, then who am I to argue?

    Kevin Murphy (3c3db0)

  11. I believe that this is the first time I’m happy that a foreign government has given the USA the finger.

    Apogee (e2dc9b)

  12. Apogee, do you mean for the first time in your adult life you are proud of … ?

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  13. Last line of article:

    …We could use more leaders like this in the United States.

    I’d settle for even one.

    rtrski (336865)

  14. Bravo, Honduras. Another stunning example of Barcky’s smart diplomacy and his unwavering support of wannabe socialist dicktaters.

    JD (4a5c67)

  15. Even the Honduran government can punk Obama.

    And to think people were laughing at the thought of Palin going up against Iran or North Korea. Of course she was only running for VP. Instead we got a president that thinks it’s smart to start every negotiation with “what can I give you and when do you want me to deliver it”?

    MU789 (4e85ea)


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