Honduran Congress consults Supreme Court on agreement to end crisis

10:36, November 04, 2009      

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The Honduran Congress on Tuesday requested the opinion of the Supreme Court of Justice, the Prosecutor's Office, the Public Ministry and the Human Rights Commissioner on a political agreement to end the political crisis in the country.

On Friday, representatives of Honduras' de facto leader Roberto Micheletti and those of ousted President Manuel Zelaya signed an agreement for the Honduran Congress to decide whether Zelaya would be restored to power.

The agreement also includes the creation of a national reconciliation government.

According to the agreement, the Congress would announce its final decision after considering the opinion of the Honduran Supreme Court of Justice.

The Congress said in a statement that they must have the opinion of those institutions "in the times marked by their internal legal frames, taking into consideration the importance and the national interest of the issue."

The Honduran Congress consists of 128 deputies, 62 from the right-wing Liberal Party, 55 from the opposition National Party, five from the Democratic Unification party, two from the Innovation and Unity Party, and four from the Christian Democratic Party.

To be restored to power, Zelaya needs at least 65 votes.

Also on Tuesday, a truth-finding commission led by former Chilean President Roberto Lagos and U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis arrived in Honduras to oversee the implementation of the political agreement. They were nominated for the task by the Organization of American States (OAS).

The mission also includes a representative of the de facto Honduran government, businessman Arturo Corrales, and a representative of Zelaya, Honduran Ambassador to the United Nations, Jorge Arturo Reina.

One of the main points for the commission to consider is point No. 5 in the agreement, which is interpreted differently by both parties. This point gives the Congress the authority to "bring back the ownership of the executive power to its previous state to June 28," when the coup was carried out against Zelaya.

Source: Xinhua
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