111 out of the 128 members of the Honduran Congress present voted against reinstating deposed president Mel Zelaya. The vote came after an all-day session where the Congress reviewed several reports from the country’s institutions, including the Supreme Court, the Attorney General, and various members of the political parties, including pro-Zelaya.
Following the vote, the Congress issued an official statement, which La Gringa translated,
“This Congress has fulfilled its responsibility under the Agreement Tegucigalpa / San José in a transparent and democratic manner. We call on all of the international community and regional bodies, including the Organization of American States, to respect our sovereignty. Having elected a new president, all Hondurans have already begun the process of national unity and reconciliation. Those seeking to continue the controversy and to perpetuate the political crisis in our country are obsessed with the past and personal agendas and not the welfare of our country,” added Ramón Velásquez Nazar, Vice President of Congress and member of the Christian Democratic Party of Honduras.
You can read the original in Spanish here.
Roberto Micheletti will remain as president until Pepe Lobo‘s January inauguration. Micheletti had stepped aside during the election.
We’ll see where Zelaya decides to go next, unless the Brazilians simply love having him hanging around the tin foil-lined room.