Conflict in Honduras

SUMMIT/AMERICAS - President Zayala and President Obama

Earlier this week, exiled President of Honduras; Manual Zeyala meet at the United Nations to discuss his abrupt removal from office and his desire to continue his term through out next January. The recent Honduran crisis has European and American officials dismissing the militia’s actions as an “illegal coup”.

This past Sunday night Honduran President Manuel Zeyala was ousted from the presidential palace, in capital city of Tegucigalpa, by the army during, in what many are saying is an “unconstitutional expulsion”. Prior to his abrupt and involuntary departure to Costa Rica, Mr. Zeyala was set to initiate procedures, which could have leaded the country to constitutional reformation.

The referendum, initially set to be voted on Sunday (the day in which he was captured), was said to have included changes to the Honduran constitution that would open the doors for presidential reelection (amongst various other changes), however; The Supreme Court denounced President Zeyala’s initiative. Nevertheless, a determined Zeyala went against their verdict in pursuit of his previous agenda: to reform the constitution. He even took the lengths to fire those in office who argued against his referendum.

Global interest irrupted in response to the militaries involvement at the command of congress in Zeyala’s expulsion from Honduras. If Zeyala disobeyed the constitution is right to counter act his disobedience with another unconstitutional act? When the President breaks the “law”, the proper steps are to impeach, not invade and disassemble. As a result of both “unlawful” acts, Honduras has been divided, with Zeyala supporters demanding that the military and congress reinstate (former) President Zeyala.

Honduras is one of the poorest Latin American countries, and like many other countries they have not been as fortunate as countries like Venezuela or the United States to have a more structured and secure government. For decades Latin American countries have faced institutionalized weakness due opposition with Presidential and congressional powers causing numerous civil wars, population declination, and heightened poverty rates.

What if America and/or Europe were to face some of the same problems as Honduras? How do you think it would affect global economy and the structure of the American government and constitution? Do you think that Zeyala should return to Honduras as President and face proper impeachment procedures, or was congress just in removing him from office?

Via Limite Magazine

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