[A-List] Honduras: it was a coup, president Lobo admits
james.irldaly at ntlworld.com
Tue Jun 1 14:10:28 MDT 2010
But the most important crux of nomenclature came when Obama evasively
refused to call it a *military* coup, because then by US law the financial
and other support would have had to be withdrawn. -- J.
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Honduras: it was a coup, president admits
Submitted by Weekly News Update on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 08:18.
In an interview on Spanish CCN broadcast May 19, Honduran president Porfirio
("Pepe") Lobo Sosa agreed that the removal of former president José Manuel
("Mel") Zelaya Rosales (2006-2009) from office on June 28, 2009 was a coup
d'état. "Of course, put it how you will, but it was a coup," Lobo Sosa said
when CNN's José Levy asked if the removal was a coup.
But the Honduran president, in Madrid for a May 18 trade summit of European
Union and Latin American leaders, justified the removal. "Democracy did not
have sufficient mechanisms to guarantee its maintenance," he said. During
his election campaign last year, Lobo Sosa avoided characterizing the June
Supporters of Zelaya's ouster generally have insisted that it was
constitutional and not a coup. (Honduras Culture and Politics blog, May 22;
La Vanguardia, Honduras)
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