Posts Tagged ‘Pepe Lobo’

Chavez and Zelaya, plotting Zelaya’s return

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Hugo Chavez hosted ousted Honduran president Mel Zelaya at the presidential residence in Caracas. The report (link in Spanish, if you use this translation, please credit me and link to this post) reads,

The purpose of the meeting is normalizing relations with Honduras. According to the President {Chavez], Zelaya and [current Honduran President Pepe] Lobo have reached an agreement which will be formalized in a document.

Earlier last week Chavez had officially recognized Lobo as the legitimate President of Honduras. Clearly, there are deals in the making.

Indeed, it sure looks like Hugo is the owner of the circus, and Lobo is talking to the owner of the circus.


Honduras drops arrest warrants for Mel Zelaya

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Well, the US has been canvassing for his return and Pepe Lobo says he wants “a legal solution allowing for his return”, so now the arrest warrants are dropped,
Honduras drops arrest warrants for ousted Manuel Zelaya

The move allows Mr Zelaya to return without detention to Honduras, where he was ousted in a coup in June 2009.

Judge Oscar Chincilla said Mr Zelaya still faced corruption charges over his plan while president to hold a vote on changing the constitution.

Mr Zelaya has said the charges are politically motivated and he wanted them dropped.

He now lives in the Dominican Republic.

President Porfirio Lobo has said he would like to see a legal solution that would allow Mr Zelaya’s return.

Mel is not happy with the decision and says it’s “absurd” that the judge let corruption charges stand.

Can’t wait for Jimmy Carter to drop by one of these days and work his magic.


Zelaya leaves Honduras: 15 Minutes on Latin America

Friday, January 29th, 2010


Following Pepe Lobo’s inauguration, Mel Zelaya left the country, but promises to return.

I’ll talk about this in today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern, and you can also read my post at Real Clear World.

Related reading:
La Gringa’s Outside interference and Honduran reaction.

Honduran Congress rejects Zelaya’s reinstatement: 15 Minutes on Latin America

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern,
The Honduran Congress will not reinstate Mel Zelaya, and what that means to the Obama administration.

Related reading
U.S. `disappointed’ by vote against Zelaya
U.S. officials said they were `disappointed’ with the Honduran congress’ vote against returning former President Manuel Zelaya to office.

Brazil to reconsider stance of not recognizing Honduras’ elections
Honduran Parliament to Obama: Pound sand

Honduras: Pepe Lobo Wins

Monday, November 30th, 2009

My latest article, Honduras: Pepe Lobo Wins, is up at Real Clear World. Please go read it.

The Honduran election Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, November 30th, 2009

LatinAmerWelcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. Today the Carnival’s dedicated to the Honduran election.

Here’s a roundup of links:
Good news from Honduras

Honduras election results in decisive win for democracy

Don’t miss Daniel’s two posts: Honduras and the US win; Chavez and Lula lose and Recognizing Honduras elections

Congratulations, Honduras

Was the Election in Honduras a referendum on Socialism?

Honduran Voters Defy Leftist Thug Zelaya – Record Turnout Reported in Today’s Elections …Update: Conservative Lobo Wins

The tribunal say more than 60 percent of registered voters had cast ballots.


Morning Bell: A Victory for Democracy in Honduras

The Supremacy of Honduras

The Honduran vote

In-country reports from the Heritage Foundation:

Zelaya Opponent Wins Honduran Election by Large Margin

On his knees and other candidate news

Zelaya fans flames of discontent in Honduras also at This ain’t hell

Another must-read: Distorting Honduran History at the New York Times

Honduras Holds Presidential Election…Chavez And Obama Hit Hardest

The Mouse That Roared: Congratulations, Honduras

Ley seca en Honduras para elegir presidente “con ayuda de Dios”

Alone, and right, on Honduras

Honduras Votes Amidst Bomb Attacks as Police Seize More Explosives

Obama Backing of Honduras Election Crimps Latin Ties

Obama and Chavez Backed Zelaya Repudiated in Honduras election

More links on Honduras, via Larwyn:
Congratulations to the Little Country That Could

Thank You, Honduras

Honduras Elects Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo As President

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Summit of Amazon Countries Want Rich Nations to Pay Them for Global Warming

Ahmadinejad visit wrap-up


If I Were Lula’s Political Rivals

A hug from Lula
Why Brazil’s president offered a red carpet to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

18,000 miles to Washington
Motorcyclist rides from Brazil in hopes of getting patent case heard

UK police settle over de Menezes shooting

Maletines a Yoani: Te felicito, pero discrepo

Reading the fine print

That Blockheaded bloqueo means U.S. companies miss out on THIS.

Bastion and distraction

Arnaldo Márquez Gil, Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 11/29/09

Our Neighbor to the South and Do We Care?

The best home defense

Dubai, Greece and Venezuela, three countries, three different debt profiles

Chávez pays a ‘lightning’ visit to Raúl, Fidel after talks with a high-level Cuban mission

Chávez’s achievement

Honduras: Porfirio Lobo elected new president

Monday, November 30th, 2009


In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern,
Honduras elects Porfirio Lobo as new president
Rival Elvin Santos concedes defeat as ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, declares vote illegitimate

Profile of Porfirio Lobo (in Spanish).

Electoral map results at El Heraldo.

La Gringa‘s election day post.

In other presidential elections in the hemisphere, Uruguay elected a former Tupamaro:
“Pepe” Mujica es el nuevo presidente de Uruguay
Mujica, dirigente histórico de la guerrilla Movimiento de Liberación Nacional-Tupamaros (MLN-T), recibió nueve balazos, estuvo preso en 1970 y participó en una masiva fuga en setiembre de 1971.

Mary O’Grady at the Wall Street Journal:
In Elections, Honduras Defeats Chávez
The tiny country beats back the colonial aspirations of its neighbors.

Mr. Zelaya had already showed his hand when he organized a mob to try to carry out a June 28 popular referendum so that he could cancel the elections and remain in office. That was unlawful, and he was arrested by order of the Supreme Court and later removed from power by Congress for violating the constitution.

It is less well-known that as president, according to an electoral-council official I interviewed in Tegucigalpa two weeks ago, Mr. Zelaya had refused to transfer the budgeted funds—as required by law—to the council for its preparatory work. In other words, he didn’t want a free election.

Mr. Chávez didn’t want one either. During the Zelaya government the country had become a member of Mr. Chávez’s Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), which includes Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua. If power changed hands, Honduran membership would be at risk.

Last week a government official told me that Honduran intelligence has learned that Mr. Zelaya had made preparations to welcome all the ALBA presidents to the country the night of his planned June referendum. Food for a 10,000-strong blowout celebration, the official added, was on order.

ALBA has quite a bit of clout at the Organization of American States (OAS) these days, and it hasn’t been hard for Mr. Chávez to control Secretary General José Miguel Insulza. The Chilean socialist desperately wants to be re-elected to his OAS post in 2010. Only a month before Mr. Zelaya was deposed, Mr. Insulza led the effort to lift the OAS membership ban on Cuba. When Mr. Zelaya was deposed, Mr. Insulza dutifully took up his instructions sent from Caracas to quash Honduran sovereignty.

Unfortunately for him, the leftist claims that Honduras could not hold fair elections flew in the face of the facts. First, the candidates were chosen in November 2008 primaries with observers from the OAS, which judged the process to be “transparent and participative.” Second, all the presidential candidates—save one from a small party on the extreme left—wanted the elections to go forward. Third, though Mr. Insulza insisted on calling the removal of Mr. Zelaya a “military coup,” the military had never taken charge of the government. And finally, the independent electoral tribunal, chosen by congress before Mr. Zelaya was removed, was continuing with the steps required to fulfill its constitutional mandate to conduct the vote. In the aftermath of the elections Mr. Insulza, who insisted that the group would not recognize the results, presides over a discredited OAS.


Almost 400 foreign observers from Japan, Europe, Latin America and the U.S. traveled to Honduras for yesterday’s elections. Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, the German parliament and Japan will also recognize the vote. The outpouring of international support demonstrates that Hondurans were never as alone these past five months as they thought. A good part of the world backs their desire to save their democracy from chavismo and to live in liberty.