New Honduran President, Roberto Micheletti, vows impeached President Zelaya won’t return.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Honduras’Roberto Micheletti, warned that the only way his predecessor will return to office is through a foreign invasion, setting up a dramatic showdown with the ousted or impeached president who is preparing to come home accompanied by world leaders.
The Honduran Congress and Supreme Court, following the Honduran Constitution, appointed Micheletti, to service the remaindser of Zelaya’s term. Under the Honduran Constitution, Micheletti, as the leading memeber of Zelaya’s Party in Congress, was first in the line of succession.
Zelaya “has already committed crimes against the constitution and the law,” said Micheletti, who belongs to Zelaya’s Liberal Party and was named interim leader by Congress following the coup. “He can no longer return to the presidency of the republic unless a president from another Latin American country comes and imposes him using guns.”
Soldiers stormed Zelaya’s residence and flew him into exile early Sunday, after he insisted on trying to hold a referendum asking Hondurans if they wanted to reform the constitution. The Supreme Court, Congress and the military all deemed his planned ballot illegal.
Zelaya, who is an ally of leftist Sounds like Zelaya is a dollar short and a day late – the Honduran Supreme Court, Attorney General and Congress have already convicted him and following the Honduran Constitution, removed Zelaya from office – why does he expect a “redo” now)., backed down from the referendum Tuesday, saying at the United Nations that he would no longer push for the constitutional changes he wanted. (
One of several clauses that cannot be legally altered in the Honduran constitution limits presidents to a single, 4-year term, and Congress claims Zelaya, whose term ends in January, modified the ballot question at the last minute to help him eventually try to seek re-election. Chavez has used referendums into win the right to run repeatedly.
“I’m not going to hold a constitutional assembly,” Zelaya said. “And if I’m offered the chance to stay in power, I won’t. I’m going to serve my four years.” (Zelaya had attempted to change the Honduran Constitution with calling a Constitutional Assembly, after refusing to follow the legal decisions of the Honduran Supreme Court and directives of Congress, Zelaya attempted to use the Military to hold his illegal referedum, however, the Military refused to follow his illegal orders and the Honduran Congress then “impeached” Zelaya).
“No one can make me resign if I do not violate the laws of the country,” President Micheletti said. “If there is any invasion against our country, 7.5 million Hondurans will be ready to defend our territory and our laws and our homeland and our government.”
Micheletti said it was too late for Zelaya to avoid arrest.
His foreign minister, Enrique Ortez, threw a wild card onto the table, telling CNN en Espanol that Zelaya had been letting drug traffickers ship U.S.-bound cocaine from Venezuela through Honduras. Ortez said the was aware of Zelaya’s ties to organized crime.
DEA spokesman Rusty Payne could neither confirm nor deny a DEA investigation.
The U.S. government stood firmly by Zelaya, however, with State Department spokesman Ian Kelly saying Washington saw no acceptable solution other than Zelaya’s return to power. He said the United States was considering cutting off aid to Honduras, which includes $215 million over four years from the U.S.-funded Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Just what the hell is Obama doing? Siding with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro in an attempt to keep a drug smuggling dictator in power after he has been legally impeached by his Country’s Government. Was Zelaya running a Chicago based “Import Business” with Obama political cronies?
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Honduran Attorney General: Ousted President Faces Possible 20-Year Sentence
Luis Alberto Rubi tells a news conference on Tuesday that Zelaya faces numerous charges that carry sentences “of at least 20 years in prison.”
Honduras’ attorney general is independent of the president and had called for the president’s removal before Congress, the Supreme Court and military to overthrow him.
President Barack Obama said Zelaya remains “the democratically elected president.”
The man Honduras’ Congress named as interim president, Roberto Micheletti, said Zelaya risks arrest if he returns because “the courts of my country have issued arrest orders.”
Micheletti, speaking to Colombia’s Caracol Radio on Tuesday, insisted it was Zelaya who had violated the constitution and that his court-ordered removal was legal.
“We have not committed a coup d’etat, but a constitutional succession,” he said.
About 5,000 anti-Zelaya demonstrators gathered at a main plaza in Tegucigalpa on Tuesday to celebrate his ouster.
“Freedom has won, peace has triumphed, Honduras has won,” newly appointed deputy foreign minister Marta Lorena Casco told the crowd. She said Zelaya had planned to make the country a socialist pawn. “Chavez consumed Venezuela, then Bolivia, after that Ecuador and Nicaragua, but in Honduras that didn’t happen,” she said.
The U.S. military, which has close ties with the Honduran military leaders, tried to avoid getting caught up in the dispute.
The more than 800 U.S. military personnel at the Honduran Soto Cano air base were restricted to base except for “mission-essential” tasks such as flying helicopters to the hospital ship Comfort, which is on a humanitarian mission in Nicaragua, said Jose Ruiz, a spokesman for the U.S. military’s Southern Command, based in Miami.
The base, 60 miles from the capital, is used for counternarcotics, disaster relief and medical and civil engineering missions.
Asked if Zelaya could one day return to power stronger than ever, Micheletti said that “it’s not about sympathy, it’s not about being a martyr, but simply that we are following the letter of the law which he did not respect.”
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