Honduras: Congress Reaffirms Support For Elections

Honduras National Congress issued a resolution backing up the Electoral Court on the November elections.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

In the resolution, it is repeated that the Supreme Electoral Court is the only authority responsible for organizing, watching over and ensuring transparency, legitimacy and credibility of the electoral process.

An article in Proceso.hn reported on the resolution by Congress: "Therefore, it condemns, from now on, any attempts to ignore the results, discredit or hinder November's electoral process, whatever the origin of such threats. It also warns that it won't hesitate, if the need arises for, taking any required actions and denouncements, for the successful completion of this process is the final and definitive solution for the current political crisis in our country".

It is worth noting that the resolution was endorsed by four of the five parties represented in Congress.

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Honduran Congress Rejects Zelaya's Restitution

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Honduran Congress to Decide on Zelaya's Return

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President Roberto Micheletti accepted the return to power of Manuel Zelaya, with the consent of Congress.

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Removal of Manuel Zelaya was legal

September 2009

A report written by the Library of Congress concludes that the removal of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was legal and Constitutional.

Report Executive Summary:

The Supreme Court of Honduras has constitutional and statutory authority to hear cases against the President of the Republic and many other high officers of the State, to adjudicate and enforce judgments, and to request the assistance of the public forces to enforce its rulings. The Constitution no longer authorizes impeachment, but gives Congress the power to disapprove of the conduct of the President, to conduct special investigations on issues of national interest, and to interpret the Constitution. In the case against President Zelaya, the National Congress interpreted the power to disapprove of the conduct of the President to encompass the power to remove him from office, based on the results of a special, extensive investigation. The Constitution prohibits the expatriation of Honduran citizens.

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