Thursday, July 2, 2009

the case for the removal of Zelaya

The Public Prosecutor's Office [Ministerio Público], the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, the Supreme Court of Justice and the full Congress agreed that former President Manuel Zelaya violated the Constitution of the Republic by promoting a constitutional reform through a "4th urn" in the 2009 General Elections, which is why he was removed from office. According to judicial authorities the causes for proceeding with the constitutional succession include:
  • Failure to sanction more than 96 legislative decrees and laws submitted to the Executive [by Congress].
  • Failure to remit the 2009 General Budget of Expenditures and Revenues of the Republic, which according to constitutional mandate must have been submitted no later than September 15 of last year.
  • Failure to comply with the ruling of the Supreme Court (ratified by the Court of Administrative Litigation) relating to the illegality of the process of installing a "4th urn" [in the November 2009 General Election] and all actions related to [conducting] the survey.
  • Disobedience of the notifications made to the Executive Branch by the Attorney General's Office relating to the illegality of the "4th urn" survey.
  • Indifference to the ruling declaring illegal the firing of the Chief of Joint Staff of the Armed Forces.
  • Violation of a special act of seizure and storage of election materials placed in the custody of Aviation Colonel Vetilio Marco Castillo.
  • Modification of the Decree of the Council of Ministers number PCM-019-2009 published in the Official Gazette, which ordered the public opinion survey to be renamed a "Call for the Establishment of Constituent National Assembly"
  • Related to the above, the Court of Administrative Litigation had issued an order for the immediate confiscation of election materials.
  • Breach of duties, as little attention was being paid to the substantial problems facing the people such as influenza AH1N1 that was resulting in the lost of human lives, and lack of support for victims and the reconstruction process of dwellings affected by the earthquake of 28 May.
  • Considering the administrative order of the country, the lack of budget approval amplified a financial crisis that has caused the loss of more than 100 thousand jobs.
  • The lack of attention to the politics of security in the country which has resulted in many mourning Honduran families.

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