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On the Wrong Side

The United Nations, the United States, the European Union and the Organization of American States have all  denounced the ousting of Manuel Zelaya as President of Honduras three months ago.  Zelaya has asked his supporters to descend upon the nation’s capital of Tegucigalpa in protest.  This would be all well-and-good, except for one important detail:

It wasn’t a coup.

HondurasA little background:

Zelaya was the elected President of Honduras.  Per the Constitution, he is limited to one term.

Zelaya attempted to have the Constitution amended so that he could serve another term.  The nation’s legislature refused.

Zelaya called for a non-binding referendum on a constitutional amendment.  The legislature refused.

Undeterred, Zelaya had ballots printed in Venezuela, shipped to Honduras, and ordered the military to hold the referendum.  The military refused.  A court battle between Zelaya and his own Attorney General ensued and Honduras’ Supreme Court ordered the referrendum stopped.

Still undeterred, Zelaya had his followers go to the mliitary base to take the ballots and distribute them.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting: Honduras’ Constitution specifically states that anyone who even suggests that a President should serve more than one term is guilty of treason. Read the rest of this entry »

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