Honduran Congress to consider coup amnesty

19:24, December 16, 2009      

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The National Congress of Honduras would discuss the possibility of a political amnesty for all those involved in the coup that deposed President Manuel Zelaya, said Congress Speaker Jose Alfredo Saavedra Tuesday.

Saavedra told a news conference here that the National Congress would set up a special panel to work on the issue, listening to different voices and considering the possibility of an amnesty.

He said he had come to an agreement with president-elect Porfirio Lobo on efforts to end the six-month political crisis.

Lobo also expressed the need for a coup amnesty the same day. He said a political amnesty could help the government out of the political crisis and allow the people to "regain a peaceful life."

Local media reported that Lobo failed to urge de facto leader Roberto Micheletti to resign Monday evening. While Zelaya, who is still holed up in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, had said Honduras "needs no political amnesty."

After the coup of June 28 against Zelaya, the National Congress appointed Micheletti as president of the country. However, the international community rejected both moves and demanded the immediate restitution of Zelaya.

Honduras held a general election on Nov. 29 which was won by Lobo. However, the international community has largely refused to recognize the vote because it was held without Zelaya being restored to power.

Source: Xinhua
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