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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Coup Watch

Just in case you're wondering, the President of Honduras, Mel Zelaya, is still outside the country, negotiations are still ongoing (though not producing much of value), and now he's called for a popular insurrection.

"The Honduran people have the right to insurrection," said Zelaya, speaking Tuesday in the neighboring Central American country of Guatemala.

Insurrection is a legitimate democratic right "when faced with a usurping government and a coup-supporting military," he added, urging his supporters in Honduras to strike, march and engage in civil disobedience because that is "a necessary process when the democratic order of a country is disrupted.

"I want to tell you to not leave the streets, that is the only space that they have not taken from us," he told a news conference alongside Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom.

Zelaya has issued an ultimatum to the interim government led by Roberto Micheletti that it must relinquish power within the week and demanding his own immediate restitution.

This is in the middle of negotiation sessions, mind you. I guess Zelaya is playing bad cop.

...which seems to be working!

(CNN) -- Provisional Honduran President Roberto Micheletti told reporters Wednesday that he would be willing to step down as long as ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya ceases his claims to the presidency.

The provisional president said that if it became "extremely necessary" for him to step down in order to maintain peace in the country, he would, as long as Zelaya was not restored to power, Micheletti's son, Aldo Micheletti, confirmed to CNN en EspaƱol.

It seems like the best practice here is to allow Zelaya to serve out his term but leave after that without expanding term limits. That is not what Micheletti is offering here, but it's closer.

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