The main reason Manuel Zelaya was overthrown as President of Honduras in 2009 was because of the general belief in the country (or at least among the powers that be) that he was seeking to manipulate things to ensure he could run for President a second time and eventually establish himself as a bit (… two-bit, if you ask me) of a dictator (in the style of Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez—may he rest in peace).
Remember that whole cuarta urna thing?
The Honduran Constitution strictly prohibits re-election of presidents. It doesn’t even allow sitting presidents to run again.
But Honduras’ current President, Juan Orlando Hernández, decided he’d get cute and try to pull a fast one. Much of his Presidency has been aimed at figuring out how to cleverly allow himself to remain in power for a long time. He manipulated things (… in a much more sophisticated way than Zelaya tried to do) so that he could run for a second four-year term.
Ah, but now it looks like Juan Orlando is on the verge of losing the election to a guy named Salvador Nasralla, who is the candidate of an alliance between the Libre Party and PAC (Anti-Corruption Party). Libre was founded by Zelaya and PAC was founded by Nasralla. The alliance is known as the Opposition Alliance Against Dictatorship.
With just over half of the votes counted, it looks like Nasralla is ahead by about 5%. (Great… a sportscaster.) Of course, Juan Orlando has already declared himself the victor. The guy really does seem to have no clue as to how much he is disliked in Honduras and, thus, how much he provokes the ire of the Honduran people by such a stunt. He is fueling the smell of an already pungent stink in the air that he is going to try and steal this election. Way to telegraph it Juan Orlando.
Oh, what a mess. It’s 2009 all over again, with a slightly different twist.
All very convoluted stuff. Fascinating, though. Much in the same way as Trump is “fascinating” in the US. Bottom line: There are no good choices in Honduras where national government is concerned. Only really bad, bad and less bad. At least the Honduran people are mobilized and mad as hell. That is good news. Infinitely better than resignation and apathy.
Jeez, though. Can we NEVER catch a break?