CONSTITUTIONAL GOV’T OF HONDURAS
For information regarding the constitutional government of Honduras and President Zelaya, please visit the website.
Also, the blog of Honduras’ Ambassador to the US, Enrique Reina, has a lot of important information in English:
Eduardo Enrique Reina is the newly nominated Ambassador to the United States.
Ambassador Reina is a former Vice Minister of Foreign Relations and, since September of 2008, has held the dual position of private secretary to President Manuel Zelaya and Minister of Communication.
He was nominated to this post by the constitutional president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, in July of 2009.
NEWS AND UPDATES
September 2, 2009
GOVERNMENT OF PRESIDENT JOSE MANUEL ZELAYA
PRELIMINARY REPORT REGARDING THE COUP D’ETAT
I. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS. -
The Government of the Republic of Honduras, presided over by citizen José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, officially informs the Honduran people and the international community by this report of the causes and motivations which provoked the d’état executed by the Military on June 28th, 2009.
Honduras. An unequal society
Honduras, the third poorest economy of Latin America, is the society with the highest level of inequality on the American continent. A small group of families, almost all of Arabic origins, monopolize 90% of the national wealth.
The oligarchy has taken power over the banks, the commercial centers, the energy-generating businesses, the airport concessions, telecommunications, the newspapers, radio and TV, administrators of credit, businesses relating to soccer teams, fast food, maquiladoras, and of the leadership of the political parties and some churches.
>Ambassador Reina Dismisses 17 Honduran Consuls in the US
By E.J. TAMARA (AP) – 13 hours ago
August 14, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Four Honduran consular officials have been removed from their posts for refusing to declare loyalty to the ousted government of Manuel Zelaya or for supporting the man who replaced him, officials said Friday.
Enrique Reina, Honduras’ ambassador in the United States, told the Associated Press that the consuls were dismissed in Los Angeles, New York, Washington and San Francisco.
The consuls were removed after Zelaya’s Foreign Affairs Minister Patricia Rodas asked each consulate last month to provide a written statement outining its position on the coup.
Vivian Panting, Honduras’ consul in Los Angeles, said she didn’t respond to the letter because she didn’t want to take sides.
Zelaya was rousted from his home at gunpoint in June and flown into exile. Roberto Micheletti’s interim government has refused to consider Zelaya’s restoration, despite calls from the United States and the European Union.
Because Washington recognizes Zelaya as Honduras’ legitimate leader, consular officials appointed under Zelaya’s government continue to hold their posts in the United States.
Reina said a total of 17 consular officials have been removed so far and more changes may be necessary.
Martha Lorena Alvarado, interim Assistant Foreign Minister in Honduras, said the situation was complex because the United States has not recognized consular officials named by Micheletti’s government.
“To me, (this is) an unprecedented question from a diplomatic perspective,” Alvarado said. “I don’t know until when this situation will be sustainable for the Department of State.”
Micheletti’s government had recognized the four consuls as legitimate before they were removed.
A sign outside the Honduran consulate in Los Angeles stated that offices were closed because of security concerns. A spokesman at the Honduran consulate in New York said the consul did not go to work on Friday.
Associated Press writer Claudia Torrens contributed to this report from New York.