Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Zelaya Vows to Return to Honduras, Continue Presidency

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Honduras' ousted president, bolstered by international support, said he will return home this week to regain control. The man who replaced him said Tuesday that Manuel Zelaya could be met with an arrest warrant.

The military coup on Sunday provoked nearly universal condemnation from governments of the Western Hemisphere, from President Barack Obama to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, and it sparked clashes in the Honduran capital that have left dozens of people injured.

Flanked by Latin American leaders who have vowed to help him regain power, Manuel Zelaya said late Monday that Organization of American States Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza had agreed to accompany him back to Honduras.

But the man named by Honduras' Congress as interim president, Roberto Micheletti, indicated Tuesday that Zelaya would risk arrest if he returns because "the courts of my country have issued arrest orders" against him.

Zelaya, a wealthy rancher who has forged close ties with Chavez, said he wanted to return to Tegucigalpa on Thursday after attending a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly to seek support from its 192 member nations.

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Mark said...

Was it a coup if the military, acting on orders from the courts and congress, removed the President from office? Sounds more like an impeachment to me.

ShutterSparks / KW2P said...

Exactly. It was an emergency impeachment. The court ordered the arrest. The congress expressed approval of the court order (which is essentially an impeachment vote).

Here are two definitions of a coup:

“A coup consists of the infiltration of a small, but critical, segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder. Thus, armed force (either military or paramilitary) is not a defining feature of a coup d’État."

"A coup d’état involves control by an active minority of military usurpers, who block the remaining (non-participant) military’s possible defence of the attacked government, by either capturing or expelling the politico-military leaders, and seizing physical control of the country’s key government offices, communications media, and infrastructure."

What happened in Honduras was neither of the above.

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