Honduras’ Top Court Refuses to Reinstate Zelaya
Posted on Jul 3, 2009
The Supreme Court of Honduras, defying an order of the Organization of American States, is standing by its decision to oust former President Manuel Zelaya. The court repeated its earlier position after a two-hour meeting with OAS head Miguel Insulza on Friday. And now for the international backlash.
Mr Insulza, who arrived in Honduras on a mission to have Mr Zelaya reinstated, left the meeting without comment.
Troops forced President Zelaya out of the country on Sunday.
The interim government formed after his removal says Mr Zelaya’s attempts to change the Honduran constitution, and possibly extend his power, justified the army’s actions.
It can now expect expulsion from the OAS, diplomatic isolation and likely international sanctions, the BBC’s Stephen Gibbs reports from Tegulcigalpa.
AP photo / Esteban Felix
No dice: Miguel Insulza, secretary-general of the Organization of America States, departs after meeting with the president of the Honduras Supreme Court in Tegucigalpa on Friday.