Hillary Clinton met with Manuel Zalaya at the State Department back in July, when the administration took a much tougher rhetorical approach to the Honduras problem. Wonder if she’s still taking his phone calls? Although he does have a killer hat.
The Honduran Supreme Court just stuck its tongue out at the rest of the world, which has been waiting patiently for the country’s coup leaders to restore lawfully elected and promptly ousted Manuel Zalaya to the presidency. A carefully negotiated deal would have hit the reset button and called for early elections, but the court wasn’t interested. It doesn’t help that the U.S. has softened its position. —PS
The ruling is a blow to a proposal mediated by Costa Rican president, Oscar Arias, to try to end the crisis.
Under the proposal, Mr Zelaya would be reinstated as president, while Mr Micheletti would return to his pre-coup post as the speaker of Honduras’s parliament, and early elections would be called.