US insists on a solution that restores Zelaya to power against the Honduran Constitution

Iam Kelly, spokesman for the United States Department of State, said in the latest press briefing held on October23, that the United States is eager to find a solution to the ongoing conflict and try and reach a solution that restores the democratically elected president to power.

According to legal and political experts in Honduran law, such a move would violate the Constitution of this country and thus the return of Zelaya would be illegal.

The interventionism of the government of the United States led by Barack Obama in the Honduran matter is a clear sign of disparity in policy when it comes to foreign relations.

 

Ex President Zelaya Demonstrates His Recklessness to the World

In a reckless act that could have ended in tragedy, ex Honduran president Manuel Zelaya Rosales “Mel Zelaya”, attempted to cross the border between Honduras and Nicaragua. The ex president did not actually come into Honduras were he would have been arrested, but remained in a “neutral dead zone” between the borders of both countries as anyone who has made border crossings in Central America can confirm.

Not following the recommendations of OAS’ Miguel Insulza and the United States Head of the Department of State Hillary Clinton’s against going into Honduras by force and instead waiting for the results of negotiations in Costa Rica; ex President Manuel Zelaya showed the world how stubborn and hard headed he is and staged a false border crossing that could have flared a conflict.

That act reminds the Honduran community of many other he performed as president and when he finally ignored the position of Congress, the Supreme Court, the attorney General and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and ended up violating the Constitution. He continued with his efforts to go with his illegal referendum (declared illegal by the Supreme Court) which placed him in the position he is today.

 

Ousted Honduran Leader Accused of Theft

Probe launched after foes say president stole from government

 

The Votes are In – Zelayas’ Illegal Referendum

The Attorney General’s office inspected the third floor of the building annex of the Presidential Palace and discovered evidence of fraud, abuse of power and corruption by misuse of government funds in order to hold the illegal referendum which led to Zelaya violating the constitution and his ouster from power. The locale was rented by Enrique Flores Lanza without authorization from the government.

The evidence found is a lot of computers which belonged to a scientific education program but had been removed in order to use them in the tally of votes in the illegal referendum. Found alongside the computers were completed vote tally sheets that showed about 80% of the vote in favor of Zelayas’ proposal.  This is being investigated as fraud as the vote never took place and results had already been fabricated.

The abuse of power charge stems from the use of the computers which were donated to be used in scientific education programs and the corruption charge from renting the locale the computers were in with governments funds not authorized for that purpose.

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Fidel Castro Worried of More “Coups”

The former Cuban leader who lead a coup and held power in Cuba for more than 49 years is now worried that the situation in Honduras could lead to more “coups” in Latin America.

“Honduras is not only occupied by the “coup leaders” but also occupied by United States forces.” This excerpt comes from Fidel’s Reflexions.

Dated July 10, the note discusses the situation regarding Honduras and Manuel Zelaya, and his failed attempt at landing in Tegucigalpa on Sunday July 5th.

“The Falcon jet made three passes over the airport” Castro wrote.

He finishes by saying: “If Zelaya is not reinstated as President, a wave of coups looms and threatens to sweep with many governments in Latin America”.

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Dummy Guide To Honduras’ Removal of Zelaya

We are presenting this article written by Octavio Sánchez, (appeared on the CS Monitor Opinion section, http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0702/p09s03-coop.html) as a Dummy Guide to the current situation in Honduras which is being called a coup d’etat but really is not.

A ‘coup’ in Honduras? Nonsense.

Don’t believe the myth. The arrest of President Zelaya represents the triumph of the rule of law.

Sometimes, the whole world prefers a lie to the truth. The White House, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and much of the media have condemned the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya this past weekend as a coup d’état.

That is nonsense.

In fact, what happened here is nothing short of the triumph of the rule of law.

To understand recent events, you have to know a bit about Honduras’s constitutional history. In 1982, my country adopted a new Constitution that enabled our orderly return to democracy after years of military rule. After more than a dozen previous constitutions, the current Constitution, at 27 years old, has endured the longest.

It has endured because it responds and adapts to changing political conditions: Of its original 379 articles, seven have been completely or partially repealed, 18 have been interpreted, and 121 have been reformed.

It also includes seven articles that cannot be repealed or amended because they address issues that are critical for us. Those unchangeable articles include the form of government; the extent of our borders; the number of years of the presidential term; two prohibitions – one with respect to reelection of presidents, the other concerning eligibility for the presidency; and one article that penalizes the abrogation of the Constitution.

During these 27 years, Honduras has dealt with its problems within the rule of law. Every successful democratic country has lived through similar periods of trial and error until they were able to forge legal frameworks that adapt to their reality. France crafted more than a dozen constitutions between 1789 and the adoption of the current one in 1958. The US Constitution has been amended 27 times since 1789. And the British – pragmatic as they are – in 900 years have made so many changes that they have never bothered to compile their Constitution into a single body of law.

Under our Constitution, what happened in Honduras this past Sunday? Soldiers arrested and sent out of the country a Honduran citizen who, the day before, through his own actions had stripped himself of the presidency.

These are the facts: On June 26, President Zelaya issued a decree ordering all government employees to take part in the “Public Opinion Poll to convene a National Constitutional Assembly.” In doing so, Zelaya triggered a constitutional provision that automatically removed him from office.

Constitutional assemblies are convened to write new constitutions. When Zelaya published that decree to initiate an “opinion poll” about the possibility of convening a national assembly, he contravened the unchangeable articles of the Constitution that deal with the prohibition of reelecting a president and of extending his term. His actions showed intent.

Our Constitution takes such intent seriously. According to Article 239: “No citizen who has already served as head of the Executive Branch can be President or Vice-President. Whoever violates this law or proposes its reform [emphasis added], as well as those that support such violation directly or indirectly, will immediately cease in their functions and will be unable to hold any public office for a period of 10 years.”

Notice that the article speaks about intent and that it also says “immediately” – as in “instant,” as in “no trial required,” as in “no impeachment needed.”

Continuismo– the tendency of heads of state to extend their rule indefinitely – has been the lifeblood of Latin America’s authoritarian tradition. The Constitution’s provision of instant sanction might sound draconian, but every Latin American democrat knows how much of a threat to our fragile democracies continuismo presents. In Latin America, chiefs of state have often been above the law. The instant sanction of the supreme law has successfully prevented the possibility of a new Honduran continuismo.

The Supreme Court and the attorney general ordered Zelaya’s arrest for disobeying several court orders compelling him to obey the Constitution. He was detained and taken to Costa Rica. Why? Congress needed time to convene and remove him from office. With him inside the country that would have been impossible. This decision was taken by the 123 (of the 128) members of Congress present that day.

Don’t believe the coup myth. The Honduran military acted entirely within the bounds of the Constitution. The military gained nothing but the respect of the nation by its actions.

I am extremely proud of my compatriots. Finally, we have decided to stand up and become a country of laws, not men. From now on, here in Honduras, no one will be above the law.

Octavio Sánchez, a lawyer, is a former presidential adviser (2002-05) and minister of culture (2005-06) of the Republic of Honduras.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0702/p09s03-coop.html

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Mel Zelaya Lies Before the United Nations

The United Nations moving in a swift manner, gave Mel Zelaya the opportunity to present himself before them as a victim before sending members to verify what was going on in Honduras.

Lies Mel Told at UN:
1. Massacre going on (all is peace)
2. Teachers and nurses stopped working (hospitals are in normal operation, classes has been suspended)
3. Has thousands of supporters (has supporters who have been paid to act on his behalf)
4. His vote was just a survey (he published a decree one day before making it official) If it was just a survey he should have hired CID Gallup, or LeVote or any other survey agency.
5. His boxes (were already filled with votes in favor)
6. He is for democracy (how can he be for democracy when he has Castro on one side and Chavez on the other. That is like saying Saddam Hussein was for democracy and freedom).

Foto de El HeraldoThe country does not want Mel Zelaya back and have expressed their feelings. Today a march in the thousands congregated in Central Park to peacefully demonstrate against Mel Zelaya. (Foto tomada de El Heraldo www.elheraldo.hn)

Manuel Zelaya was sworn in as President to uphold the Constitution and rule in favor of the people, in the last couple of months he began ruling for himself and his close circle of friends while getting closer to the left wing and radical Chavez. Besides this Manuel Zelaya committed the following which should be investigated:

 

1.       Rampant corruption

2.       Drug trafficking involving Venezuelan planes (more than 2-3 planes per day and at least 10 captured or destroyed in the last 40 days) which coincides with the massive economic support required for his illegal vote

3.       Forcing sick people going into hospitals to sign their approval for the vote in order to receive treatment

4.       Not presenting the Honduran budget for 2009 even though it was 6 months into the year (criminal offense)

5.       Attempting to change the Constitution which is prohibited and treated as treason in the same Constitution

International press is reporting via Internet, reading other sources and not by sending their own reporters and getting first hand information to confirm the general sentiment of the people against Mel Zelaya.

If the United States and the nations of the world allow this person who acted against democracy back, the future does not bode well for true freedom and democracy, not only in Latin America but the US as well.

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A New Beginning in Honduras After Mel Legally Removed

After the lawful removal of Manuel Zelaya Rosales, Honduras is at the doors of a new and promising future. Manuel Zelaya Rosales was removed from office under a court order issued by the Honduran Supreme Court and executed by civil authorities with support from the military.

A new president has been elected, Roberto Michelleti Bain, who is looking to unite all sectors of the country which had been separated and provoked by Manuel Zelaya. The new president elect has promised elections in November as planned and has nominated new ministers and promises to begin taking care of the problems that Honduras has been having in the past few months and had been ignored by Manuel Zelaya who was focused on his illegal vote.

Hospitals will be resupplied with medicines, people who lost their homes due to the earthquake will receive much need aid and the security issue will be addressed.

Meantime Manuel Zelaya is pressuring the international community to condemn the action under pretense he has the support of the people, which he does not as several surveys (www.cuartaurna.com, http://www.proceso.hn/, TV surveys conducted by Abriendo Brecha News) and the general sentiment of the people prove.

There is lot of activity on Facebook and other social networking sites expressing their happiness over the turn of events in Honduras.

Democracy and freedom have prevailed in this Central American nation.

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Honduran President Detained and Expelled

This news is not yet confirmed.

The Presidential Press Secretary of Honduras announced on radio Mel Zelaya was arrested in the early hours of Sunday June 28 by the honduran military for violating the Honduran laws and Constitution.

Violating the Constitution is considered treason. The president of Hondura Manuel Zelaya violated the constitution for pretending to modify it. The Constitution states it is unmodifiable and any one attempting otherwise is considered a traitor.

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Honduras in Turmoil

Tonight, the president of Honduras Manuel Zelaya Rosales has separated the Commander of the Honduran Armed Forces General Romeo Vasquez Velasquez for not following his orders to participate in the illegal vote he has ordered to be held this Sunday. The chiefs of the Air Force, Army, and Navy have resigned as they also oppose the illegal order. The Minister of defense presented his resignation as a sign he is not in agreement with the proposed illegal vote.

It is reported Hugo Llorens, ambassador of the United States in Honduras has left the country for security reasons.

The illegal vote is Mel Zelaya’s way to stay in power indefinitely and is following in Hugo Chaves’ footsteps.

Many Hondurans are using social networking sites such as facebook to inform of what is happening in the Central American nation.

Recent protests against Mel Zelaya have sparked violence in the streets.

In surveys conducted on TV and on the internet, the results are similar, 80% are against Mel Zelayas illegal vote and intent of continuing in power against 20% who are in favor. (www.cuartaurna.com)

Reports are the army is mobilizing and a coup is imminent.

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