Saturday, September 26th 2009 - 06:45 UTC

US Congress report argues Zelaya’s ousting was “legal and constitutional”

A report from the US Library of Congress legal branch released this week concluded that the ousting of elected Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was “legal and constitutional”.

Lula da Silva denies support for Zelaya’s political activities at the Brazilian embassy

The report from the Congressional Research Service, CRS, an office from the Library of Congress which provides legal analysis and support for policies to members of both houses of the Legislative branch established however, that the expulsion of Mr. Zelaya from Costa Rica was “illegal”.

The conclusions of the report were revealed by House member Aaron Schock, Republican from Illinois, who took the opportunity to request that the US State Department resume foreign aid to Honduras and lifts the ban on extending visas to Honduran citizens.

Schock said that the CRS report concluded that the removal of president Zelaya “was constitutional and we must respect this opinion”.

The President Obama administration in line with the rest of Latinamerican countries is calling for the instatement of Zelaya to office and has made effective several sanctions against the de facto authorities in Tegucigalpa.

In related news the political activities of ousted president Zelaya from the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa have triggered growing criticisms against President Lula da Silva and Foreign Affairs minister Celso Amorim.

“President Lula da Silva does not authorize or approve that the Embassy should be used for political activities”, said the spokesperson for the Brazilian leader.

“Mr. Zelaya is welcome to take refuge but not to promote political activities”.

Since Monday when the former president and a group of his followers took refuge in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, de facto government troops and police forces have surrounded the compound.

“It is clear that Zelaya will remain as long as is needed in the embassy, until a solution is found to the situation”, added the spokesperson speaking in the Executive Planalto building in Brasilia.

“Zelaya runs the risk of arrest if he leaves the embassy; the de facto government has already announced that he will be arrested if the leaves the compound”.

As to the group of supporters who are also taking refuge at the embassy, “in the current situation, it is difficult to distinguish between those who are taking refuge and those who are not, so the Brazilian government is not at the moment concerned about making a selection of those who need to be there and those don’t need so”.

The de facto government has argued that whatever happens in the embassy including the responsibility for Zelaya’s life hangs on the Brazilian government.

“The presence of Mr. Zelaya is the Brazilian legation in Tegucigalpa is an act promoted and consented by the Government of Brazil”.

Any damages that may occur, “because the legation has been allowed to become a platform for political propaganda which threatens peace and public order in Honduras” will be the responsibility of the Brazilian government said the de facto president Roberto Micheletti.

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1 Lubolo (#) Sep 26th, 2009 - 09:33 am Report abuse
HONDURAS: Mons.Luis Santos (S.Rosa) dijo en entrevista radial que el golpe ”que viola la constitución, coarta las garantías y obliga al pueblo a la insurreccion. Causa inestabilidad e intranquilidad y ha provocado lesionados y muertos lo que constituyen delitos de lesa humanidad y por lo tanto imprescriptibles... los candidatos electorales están manchados por el golpe de estado y con esos candidatos las elecciones van a estar manchadas también... Los que están apuntalando el golpe son el P. Liberal, La Dem. Cristiana (menciona otros dos partidos..) El sector privado que apoyó el golpe debería pensar que es preferible que haya paz. Vinieron a hacer dinero a Honduras y los hondureños nos hemos quedado con las actividades de más riesgo. Muchos de ellos tienen ya sus dineros fuera de Honduras. Los obismos fuimos engañados. En una reunión nos dijeron que cualquiera podría apresar al presidente y eso está fuera de la ley. La orden de captura no era auténtica. Es hora de acusar a los responsables.”
2 FernandoFF (#) Sep 26th, 2009 - 03:30 pm Report abuse
The only way to solve the issue today is a moratorium whereby both the ousted Zelaya and the insurgent president step down. Elections should be postponed to give time to a consensus. A neutral body supervised by the UN should manage the setting up of the elections whereby the interests of all concerned are given equal treatment. Any other pact will always have the risk of being unfair to either of the sides and strife would return to Honduras. All involved must think first of the people of Honduras who already have suffered a lot.
3 joe (#) Sep 26th, 2009 - 10:51 pm Report abuse
more idioticimperial golpista propaganda.
4 Tim (#) Sep 27th, 2009 - 11:59 am Report abuse
Where does the Congressional Research Service of the United States get the authority to make pronouncements about the internal political situation in another country? Lets see the CRS prepare a report determining who really won the presidential election of 2000 in its own country rather than pontificating on the internal political situation in another country!
5 Max Friedman (#) Sep 27th, 2009 - 12:35 pm Report abuse
ToTim: The Library of Congress has a research arm, the Congressional Research Service, whose purpose is to answer requests from members of Congress regarding specific issues. I have used it when I worked for Congress and as a reporter covering the Hill. They are basically a non-partisan group of experts/specialists who team up to answer a question within their sphere of knowledge.

Some of their reports are very valuable to scholars who want to have a printed out timeline of events for a country or a piece of legislation, etc.

There is nothing sinister about it.
6 Lydia (#) Sep 27th, 2009 - 10:11 pm Report abuse
”... the expulsion of Mr. Zelaya from Costa Rica was “illegal”. He wasn't expelled from Costa Rica, he was expelled from Honduras. He left Costa Rica voluntarily and entered Nicaragua.
7 Javier Livas (#) Sep 28th, 2009 - 08:53 pm Report abuse
If people would only READ the Honduran constitution they would convince themselves that it guards itself against any possible movement for re-election. Zelaya knowingly tried to upset those provisions. He broke the law and every other power supported his expulsion. If the constitution is out of line, this should have been resolved by the OAS previously, not now.
8 datrebil (#) Sep 29th, 2009 - 08:38 am Report abuse
cual golpe?? ya vieron que es constitucional??? QUe barbaros! acaso no ven la realidad?
9 datrebil (#) Sep 29th, 2009 - 08:39 am Report abuse
10 welkin (#) Sep 29th, 2009 - 11:44 am Report abuse
yea sure...the hondurian constitution say that you can kick president´s ass when hi is in pijamas and send him are a joke!!
11 welkin (#) Sep 29th, 2009 - 11:49 am Report abuse
tofriedman; so you say that this was a non political court and they say that the cout d´etat was legal?? mmmmmm I don´t think it´s a non political court, it seem a hiper conservative gang from the residual bush era.
12 KP Slaughter (#) Oct 01st, 2009 - 03:41 am Report abuse
Zelaya's actions may have been illegal, but if the only way a government can remove its leader is through military action, then that nation is not a democratic state.
13 NEIL ROGERS (#) Oct 06th, 2009 - 06:43 pm Report abuse
The United States surrendered its democracy to vested interests a long time ago.Its evolution to a corporate state is now president Obama discovered recently when he took his health reform policies to the great american public.
The corporations immediately bought off congress and the evangelical right. Obama was condemned by the faithful as a ''demon'' and as a ''communist'' by the politicos.
if Estados Unidos wants to restore itself as a beacon of democracy then it must first restore its ability to understand what the word ''democracy'' actually means rather than just knowing it as a word from ancient greek.

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