[Guest post by DRJ]
“The interim leader of Honduras says he is ready to sign a pact to end its crisis which could include the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
Roberto Micheletti said the agreement would create a power-sharing government and require both sides to recognise the result of November’s presidential poll.
Mr Zelaya said the deal, which requires the approval of the Supreme Court and Congress, would be signed on Friday.”
There’s so much going on behind the scenes that it’s difficult to analyze this but here’s my best guess: The Honduran government had little choice. First, Honduras needs the world to recognize its Presidential election in November, and this agreement makes that possible. Second, the agreement and election will presumably lead to the restoration of vital American aid to Honduras. Third, Zelaya and his sponsors (including the Obama Administration) will be hard-pressed to find a legitimate way to keep Zelaya in power after the November election.
Micheletti did what it took to preserve his country and government. He stood up for important principles and hopefully Honduras’ next President will, too.