Things I didn’t know about the fracas in Honduras
Posted by Lissa on June 30, 2009
It’s not as bad to steal a comment as it is to steal a post, right? I hope not, ’cause this is taken wholesale from Mike Devx’s comment at Bookworm Room:
First, some direct info about their Constitution. Regardless of whether any of these articles are good ideas, they do exist:
-Article 42 strips citizenship rights from those who call for the re-election or continuing (beyond the term) of the President of the Republic.
- Article 239 not only prohibits the re-election of a President of the Republic, but calls for the immediate removal from public office and disqualification from any political office for 10 years any person who calls for a change in that prohibition.
- Article 373 gives the power to amend the Constitution solely to the National Congress, with no role for any “referendum”.
- Article 374 prohibits any amendments to the prohibition of a multi-term President of the Republic.
- Title VII, with two chapters, outlines the process of amending the constitution and sets forth the principle of constitutional inviolability. The constitution may be amended by the National Congress after a two-thirds vote of all its members in two consecutive regular annual sessions.
There’s more, too.
I don’t know that kicking Zelaya out of the country was correct or just. But for the rest of it — it doesn’t look like the Honduras to-do was an old school the-military-decides-to-take-over-the-country deal.