President Porfirio Lobo Might Put End to Honduran Crisis
Honduran President Porfirio Lobo
In a telephone interview earlier this week,
Only two Latin American heads of state --
Latin American countries and
But the international climate toward
In a telephone interview, Costa Rican President
International sanctions cost
Arias added that he is recognizing the Lobo government, but didn't go to the inauguration because outgoing de facto president Micheletti was still legally in power before the transfer of power. "If Micheletti would have had the good taste to step aside, more presidents would have gone to the inauguration," Arias said.
But Kelly added that "We are encouraged by [Lobo's] commitment to
take those steps, and we look forward to a very positive relationship
My opinion: I don't agree with conservatives who are depicting former de facto president Micheletti as a hero, for preventing his country from falling into Chávez's hands.
Micheletti broke the rule of law when he ordered the ousted president flown out of the country instead of allowing him a fair trial at home, as the Honduran law required. And Micheletti put his ego before the country's needs by needlessly clinging to power until the last minute, instead of resigning to allow a neutral president to oversee the transition of power.
But Lobo is likely a different story. What I heard from Insulza,
Arias, Kelly and others -- and the fact that even
Now, one can only hope that the high economic cost paid by
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