Responses to the Coup d'etat in Honduras on Sunday June 28, with special emphasis on producing English-language versions of commentaries by Honduran scholars and editorial writers and addressing the confusion encouraged by lack of basic knowledge about Honduras.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Zelaya Pushes Monday Decision

The Zelaya negotiating team has asked Congress to decide on Monday. "We are not asking them to pronounce for A or B, just to pronounce. One power of state cannot place obstacles for another power of state; they have to act in a rational form," said Rasel Tomé. "We are asking the Honduran people to go to the houses of Congressmen, or call them on the phone and ask them to Monday form the corresponding session."

Congress is in recess until after the November 29 elections, and so an extraordinary session is needed. To wait for an ordinary session will take months. An extraordinary session can be convened by the President (Micheletti), the executive council of the Congress(headed by Saavedra), or by a simple majority (65) of the Congressmen according to the Constitution and Rules of Congress.

Article 191 says "Five Congressmen can convene an extraordinary session of the National Congress in any part of the Republic when the Executive, other authority, force, or fortuitous cause impedes the installation or celebration of its sessions."

Meanwhile, the Secretary of Congress, Ramón Velásquez Nazar, says that the accord will be presented to Congress on Tuesday. It is the Secretary's responsibility to take the incoming "mail", which is how the accord is classified, and convey it to the President of Congress, Jose Alfredo Saavedra. "It won't be until Tuesday because I'm running for re-election as Congressman and this weekend I need to visit my supporters in various communities. Monday is the Day of the Dead and I have obligations in my town."

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