Elections Should be the Solution

Honduras's crisis worsens because both parts present irreducible positions. A political vision of the matter could help solving it.

Monday, August 31, 2009


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After two months of crisis, there isn't a solution on the horizon. And the consequences of the removal from power of Manuel Zelaya worsen. This is specially visible in the economy, as the withdrawal of international aid, restrictions to trade, suspension of visa services by the U.S. government, act together in sinking deeper the already impoverished Honduran economy.

Marifeli Pérez-Stable, columnist at The Miami Herald, analyzes the matter, focusing on the political aspects. For her, the solution to the crisis should be left in the hands of the Honduran people, through elections.

Regarding the international community, which unanimously favors Zelaya's return to power, the analyst writes: "... OAS's Democratic Charter protects democracy against old threats, but not against today's ones, like Chávez and his henchmen. This is also a political matter. How long will countries like Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico publicly negate the obvious? Democracy is again under siege, but from new angles".

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Honduras: Arias Says Elections Could be the Solution

September 2009

"If elections undertaken in Latin America by dictatorial regimes had been invalid, there wouldn't have been transitions to democracy".

In declarations to Brazilian newspaper "Folha", the president of Costa Rica, and mediator in the Honduran crisis affirmed that the elections called for November could end the crisis, even though the international community has warned they won't recognize its results.

Honduras Today, Elections, and What's to Come

November 2009

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The article in America Economía is interesting due to its content and its peculiar graphical presentation. Its author, Rodrigo Lara, shows us 12 points which resume the current situation of the Honduran political crisis, and its impact on the region.

There is a clear exit strategy to Honduran mess: elections

September 2009

The Washington Post: "The only good way out of the Honduran crisis is to go forward with the presidential election scheduled for Nov. 29."

"The only good way out of the Honduran crisis is to go forward with the presidential election scheduled for Nov. 29 and to do so in a way that will allow Hondurans to freely express themselves and governments around the region to accept the results.

Honduran Congress Rejects Zelaya's Restitution

December 2009

With 111 votes against and 14 in favor, Congress ruled out reinstating deposed president Manuel Zelaya.

The debate lasted over 9 hours, in which Congress members heard reports from the Supreme Court of Justice, the Public Ministry, the General Attorney and the Human Rights Commissioner.

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