Honduran Congressional Leaders to Discuss Plans for Ousted President
By SOF Editor on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 11:30am
Honduran congressional leaders will meet Tuesday to a discuss a plan that could lead to the reinstatement of President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a June coup. The lawmakers say they will discuss a possible timetable for submitting a proposal for his return to power to the full Congress. On Monday, the head of Congress, Jose Alfredo Saavedra, told local media that once lawmakers understand the details of the agreement, they will decide what direction to follow. Mr. Zelaya has taken refuge at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa since returning to Honduras in September. He is urging lawmakers to avoid playing "dirty games" and to vote on his reinstatement without delay. Meanwhile, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos are expected to arrive in Tegucigalpa Tuesday to join a high-level delegation that is responsible for monitoring the creation of a power-sharing government. The secretary-general of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, says Solis and Lagos will meet with Honduran officials who will join them on a panel. Last week, the interim government of President Roberto Micheletti agreed to a deal, which calls for the creation of a power-sharing government. The country's Supreme Court would need to authorize Congress to vote on whether to allow Mr. Zelaya to return to power and serve out his term, which ends in January. Honduran officials have said they are confident that Congress will approve the deal to reinstate Mr. Zelaya before the November 29 presidential election. Neither Mr. Zelaya nor Mr. Micheletti is a candidate.