Carlos Alberto Montaner: Honduras Must Hold Firm on Zelaya
Politics is full of surprises. Roberto Micheletti, designated president of Honduras by that country’s parliament, wanted former President Manuel Zelaya to remain in jail in Tegucigalpa while judges and prosecutors formalized the judicial process against him for violation of the Constitution, corruption and misappropriation of public funds. Curiously, Hugo Chávez, Lula da Silva and Daniel Ortega have made that detention possible.
True, Zelaya is not in a Honduran jail but in the Brazilian Embassy in the capital, but that’s a lot more convenient for the government of Micheletti. It is unlikely that pro-Zelaya commandos will break into the Brazilian haven to try to rescue him, because he entered it of his own will and, in any case, the responsibility for Zelaya’s physical integrity is now in the hands of Brazil. The Honduran police need only guard the building’s exterior and control the comings and goings. At some point, Zelaya will decide to submit to his country’s justice, or maybe he’ll choose to spend a long time under asylum.
Meanwhile, President Micheletti, with remarkable firmness, says that he’s going ahead with the elections planned for Nov. 29. Shortly before Zelaya’s return, Panama declared that, if the upcoming Honduran elections are fair and transparent, it will recognize the new government. That’s the sensible thing to do. Fortunately, President Ricardo Martinelli is a brave statesman who doesn’t mind swimming against the current if it is morally justifiable to him.
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