Honduras News in Reviewâ€”May 2010, part 2
15. Resistance: we will have political armÂ
On May 22, President Lobo said
in a press conference that he supported the FNRP becoming a political
party and offered his help in getting it properly registered. In
response, resistance leader Rafael AlegrÃa confirmed
that the popular movement would have a political arm to participate in
future elections. But first, he said, "we need to democratize the
electoral system, and all the institutions dealing with democracy,
citizen involvement and security." He added, "For now, we need to focus
on the Consulta [public referendum on convening a constitutional
assembly] and gathering signatures." AlegrÃa also noted that the
president's recognition gives the constitutional assembly and a change
to the constitution more momentum.
16. Lobo statements support Zelaya return
In a CNN interview while in Spain on May 21, President Lobo admitted
that the events of June 28 constituted a coup, and that heâ€™d been in
touch with former President Zelaya saying the same. In his efforts to
try to sow the seeds for national reconciliation, Lobo has also put
forth a plan to fly to the Dominican Republic and personally return
with Zelaya to prove the ousted president wouldnâ€™t be arrested or killed, as some say would happen. Lobo was reportedly in secret meetings with the Supreme Court and the Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff to negotiate Zelayaâ€™s return.
17. Llorens says minority of Hondurans "opposed to reconciliation"
U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens said
this week that minority groups on the extreme left and right are
obstructing the "national reconciliation" that President Lobo is trying
to advance. Llorens said these small groups are "not doing anything for
the good of the country" and do not reflect the perspective of the
majority of Hondurans.
18. Colombian police to train Hondurans on fighting drug trafficking and organized crimeOn May 24, President Porfirio Lobo traveled to Columbia to sign an agreementÂ with Colombian PresidentÂ Ãlvaro
Uribe to have Colombian police train their Honduran counterparts on
dealing with drug trafficking, kidnapping, security and human rights
issues. The BogotÃ¡ meeting is a follow-up to a February agreement
between the countries to collaborate on the issue of organized crime.
19. Former coup president dies
Former Honduran President Oswaldo Lopez Arellano, who led two government takeovers (1963 and 1972) in Honduras, died
this month after being hospitalized for prostate cancer. The Honduran
government declared three days of mourning and called his death "an
irreparable loss to the Honduran society." An estimated 3,000 people
died in the 1963 coup.