Sunday, July 19, 2009

the article 239 dilemma

Article 239 of the Honduran Constitution states:

No citizen that has already served as head of the Executive Branch can be President or Vice-President.

Whoever violates this law or proposes its reform, as well as those that support such violation directly or indirectly, will immediately cease in their functions and will be unable to hold any public office for a period of 10 years.

Seems Mr. Arias is disregarding the Honduran Constitution in Point 1 of his 'Seven Points.' Manuel Zelaya has violated this article by simply proposing its reform via his illegal referendum and therefore must "immediately cease in [his] functions and be unable to hold any public office for a period of 10 years." Plus, he's already held the title of President of the Republic and was subsequently replaced by Congress for violating the Constitution, therefore, he cannot again hold the title. It couldn't be any clearer.

If Arias is going to ignore the Honduran Constitution, I have to really question his ability to be a mediator. If the precedent is set that our Constitution "doesn't matter," what's going to stop Manuel Zelaya and Hugo Chavez from simply rolling it into a ball and throwing into the nearest wastebasket the next chance they get? Who, the OAS? Please. Don't Insulza insult us.

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