Friday, October 30, 2009

Honduras Follow-up

US actually insists on returning President Zelaya to power, even if only for a month until the new elections!!

The Obama Administration has refused to recognize the new government of Honduras and said it would not recognize the outcome of the scheduled election unless the old president was allowed to come back to power.  And it worked. 

I didn't predict this outcome in my posts last June, but apparently coups, like conquest, are no longer quite as legitimate as they used to be.  And, even more surprising, the lack of legitimacy might actually matter.  

Still, given that various actors in this dispute all sought to act outside of the constitution, this might not be the last time Honduras appears in the category of civil-military relations stories.

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