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Nov 18, 2009

Is it too late for ousted Honduran president?

25885Closer to home, Gaviria also weighed in on the military coup d’état that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. He felt that the situation had reached the point that Zelaya would not be able to return to power since his term is quickly expiring.

Cesar Gaviria, Former President of Colombia

“Probably they could have produced a more balanced statement when the coup came. There was no doubt it was a military coup, but Zelaya had done certain things that were inconvenient for democracy. What we had was a crisis of the presidential system and the presidential system has the problem that they don’t have the instruments to solve those problems. Probably a more balanced statement could have been helpful. Now I think the international community and the OAS are right in saying this was a military coup, but it lost some authority without a balanced resolution. And probably they gave too much initiative to President Chavez to solve the problem.”

Jose Sanchez

“Micheletti had solidified power somewhat. Do you think Zelaya would be reinstated at some point in the future? Or is that it for him?”

Cesar Gaviria

“It’s difficult to imagine he will be reestablished when his term ends. When his term ends he will be a former president of Honduras. Nobody can expect to reinstate someone whose term is overdue.”

Zelaya returned to Honduras following the coup and sought asylum Inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa. An accord mediated by the US also failed to restore Zelaya back to the presidency.

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