Thursday, April 23, 2015

Honduras High Court Voids Ban on Presidential Re-election

The Supreme Court on Thursday voided an article in the constitution limiting presidents to a single term — the issue at the heart of the political conflict that led to the ouster of socialist President Manuel Zelaya six years ago when he sought to hold a referendum on rewriting the constitution.

The push by the governing National Party to make the change, which would permit President Juan Orlando Hernandez to seek a second term, has drawn widespread criticism from the opposition, which notes the same politicians behind it were involved in the 2009 coup against Zelaya. Forces that united to remove Zelaya from office, including some members of his own party, contended he wanted to end the ban on second terms so he could remain in power.

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