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President’s Re-election Bid Embroils Honduras in Political Turmoil

LADB Article ID: 80167
Category/Department: Honduras
Date: 2017-01-05
By: George Rodríguez

The next presidential election in Honduras is scheduled for November, but the political atmosphere has been heating up for some time, with President Juan Orlando Hernández now forecasting his re-election, and opposition leaders stating that his bid to continue in office is illegal. Hernández announced his intention to run for a second term last November, after the Corte Suprema de Justicia (Supreme Court of Justice, CSJ) ratified a 2015 ruling by its Sala Constitucional (Constitutional Chamber) in favor of re-election, which had until then been forbidden by the country’s Constitution. The prohibition had been considered one of the document’s impossible to modify artículos pétreos (stone articles). Only seven years ago, an announcement by then-President Manuel “Mel” Zelaya (2006-2009) that he would call for a referendum on presidential re-election led to his violent ouster in a bloody civilian-military coup. But on April 23, 2015, the Constitutional Chamber ruled in favor of two appeals against the ban.

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