Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is getting more and more frustrated with his ally, the Obama Administration. He stated today that "The United States has weakened in the face of the dictator." The "dictator" he is describing is interim President Roberto Micheletti.
Interim President Micheletti and Former President Zelaya reached an agreement on October 30th. The US supported this agreement. The Presidential Election is set for the 29th of this month and neither Zelaya or Micheletti are on the ballot. The agreement stated the possibility of Mr. Zelaya being reinstated but the decision was left up to the Honduran Congress. Congressmen are waiting on an opinion from the Honduran Supreme Court regarding the constituionality of this agreement.
Now, Zelaya wants to be reinstated as soon as possible. He and his supporters know that time is not on their side. Due to the Honduran Constituions' term limit for the Presidency, his term ends in January of 2010. So the tension is building again between Zelaya supporters and supporters of Honduran Democracy. Remember, Zelaya started this crisis when he proceeded to ignore the Congress and the Supreme Court of Honduras and continue with an illegal "National Referendum" vote to change the term limits.
Zelaya's allies are such "defenders of liberty" such as President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Raul Castro of Cuba.
In a blatant show of partisanship, on Novermber 12th, US Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) said "the (Honduran) Congress needs to move forward quickly...to re-install Zelaya as President, and the democratic order needs to be restored." Maybe the Honorable Comgresswoman needs to be reminded that only the Honduran Congress has the power under the Honduran Constiution to change it. Seeking an opinion from the Honduran Supreme Court makes sense since it's responsibility is to clarify this agreement's constitutionality. Honduras is following the democratic order of things.
This is a positive step for Honduras. So far, despite immense US political pressure such as Congresswoman Schkowsky's (which smacks of Monroe Doctrine style heavy handedness) small, and stubborn Honduras is still walking the path of Democracy.
Watch out for more street demonstations or possible violence from Zelaya's folowers as they try to intimidate the democratic process....