Honduran president-elect backs U.S. in having Micheletti pack his bags

14:06, January 07, 2010      

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When the Honduran president-elect does his house-cleaning before taking office, what he needs is probably more than just a victory in a constitutional election.

Already, Porfirio Lobo Sosa has backed the United States to add momentum to the run-up to his inauguration, which is scheduled for Jan. 27 by the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord.

U.S. diplomats helped to ink the accord that started to break the political impasse which almost brought the country a standstill since the June 28 coup last year.

During his interview with local Radio America, the president-elect quoted a U.S. State Department spokesman as saying that it is prudent for post-coup de facto leader Roberto Micheletti to leave now.

Craig Kelly was quoted as saying that his government is aware that there is not enough time, and that is why it thinks it is prudent that Micheletti leave his charge.

But the de facto leader seems neither ready to leave the scene nor interested in attending the swearing-in of Lobo Sosa.

"The National Congress (of Honduras) appointed me till Jan. 27,and I am not going to change because someone wants to push me," Micheletti said.

The de facto leader said that he would not resign because "there is not a legal reason to do it."

But he added people who are interested can make reservations for the Jan. 27 inauguration ceremony.

"I am telling you this with time, so you can make your reservations and come to greet a president who did not have anything to do with the June 28 (coup)," Micheletti said.

The president-elect explained that Micheletti's leaving the scene is needed to help the country get out of the shadow of its political crisis.

Coup-deposed president Jose Manuel Zelaya told local Radio Globo that outside institutions or countries could not solve the problem rooted within Honduras.

"Only the (Honduran) people save the people," said Zelaya, who was elected as the country's president only to be toppled by the June 28 coup.

The former president added: "The United States are requesting Micheletti to leave the power, but they do not have the strength to do it."

If Micheletti stays on past the proposed Jan. 15 deadline for him to leave, Lobo Sosa may have a renewed confidence crisis.

Much of the international community has not yet accepted the outcome of the Honduran elections, which Lobo Sosa won on Nov. 29 last year amid the controversy surrounding the treatment of deposed president Zelaya.

Local pundits and international observers are bracing themselves for the next two weeks when events in Honduras may or may not turn out as expected or agreed.

Source: Xinhua
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