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Honduras Coup - Day 202 - January 15, 2010

  • Congress grants amnesty to Honduran interim leader,
    others involved in coup

    By : January 15, 2010
    The Honduran Congress has approved a decree to grant amnesty to those involved in last June's military coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya, local media reported Friday. The decree, approved on Wednesday night, will ensure the safety of post-coup leader Roberto Micheletti as well as that of his family.

  • Micheletti Sharply Criticizes Arias Decision Not To Attend Transfer of Power Ceremonies In Honduras
    By : January 15, 2010
    Roberto Micheletti, the de facto president of Honduras, lashed out at Costa Rican president, Oscar Arias, when learning that don Oscar will not be attending the transfer of powers ceremony in Honduras later this month. Micheletti showed publicly his annoyance and the Arias decision. Arias said this week that he considers it a mistake for president-elect, Porfirio Lobo, to accept the presidential sash from Micheletti and announced that he would not attend the ceremonies even before being invited.

  • Honduras Withdraws from ALBA, El Salvador Won't Join Despite FMLN Support
    By : January 15, 2010
    On Tuesday, the Honduran Congress voted to withdraw from the Venezuela-led trade bloc called the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), and on Wednesday, Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes announced that his government will not align with the bloc. / Venezuela and Cuba initiated the now eight-member ALBA group in 2004 to create a mechanism of international trade based on mutual benefit and cooperation rather than profit and the free market. Honduras's entrance into the bloc in 2008 under the leadership of President Manuel Zelaya is considered to be one of the motivations for the right wing military coup that kidnapped and expelled Zelaya last June.

  • More Than 50 Lifetime Appointments!
    By : January 15, 2010
    The National Congress was feeling generous in its last session, at least towards those who led the coup. They gave more than 50 functionaries lifetime government appointments according to the newspaper Tiempo today. The decree, proposed by the unctuous Josť Alfredo Saavedra, rewarded not only Roberto Micheletti Bain, but also the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Jorge Rivera, the Public Prosecutor, Luis Rubi (who is guaranteed 3 percent of the government's budget), and the entire military High Command, among others. According to Tiempo, this security is for more than 45 Ministers, attorneys, directors of autonomous institutes, and the family of Micheletti. The government will, in addition, assume the bill of hiring private guards for all of these people. Corrupt much?

  • Military High Command Given Precautionary Measures
    By : January 15, 2010
    The Supreme Court has ruled that while awaiting trial on the abuse of power charges for exiling President Manuel Zelaya, the military high command must physically sign in at the Supreme Court every 2 weeks and must not leave the country. These measures are in place of the arrest that the Public Prosecutor requested. The generals appeared before the court yesterday afternoon but did not speak.

  • Honduras to try 'coup generals'
    By : January 15, 2010
    Jorge Rivera, the president of the Honduran supreme court, on Thursday ordered all six members of the Honduran joint chiefs of staff to remain in the country and testify in court next week.

  • Honduras military chiefs face trial over Zelaya removal
    By : January 15, 2010
    Top military chiefs in Honduras have been ordered not to leave the country as they face trial over the ousting of President Manuel Zelaya last June. reserves the right to publish your email responses in whole or part. If you are responding to a particular article, include the title and link to the article. If you would like your name withheld from publication, state this in your submission and supply a nom de plume

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