Le Heraldo writes today that the Verification Commission, formed as part of the Tegucigalpa/San José-accord, is getting ready to hold its last meeting. The final report is expected in the first two months of 2011.
The purpose of this commission was to verify the implementation of the accord. However, the deposed president, Manuel Zelaya, has refused to cooperate, since he unilaterally declared that the accord was broken by the other side.
It should be pointed out that it is the role of the Verification Commission to judge whether a party broke the accord, and the other party is not at liberty to unilaterally withdraw the way Zelaya did.
According to the article, it was to persuade Zelaya to cooperate with this commission that president Lobo offered to bring him back from the Dominican Republic, and why he put pressure on the judicial branch to drop all charges against him. Well, that failed, Zelaya sneered, and Lobo deserves all criticism he can get for trying to run roughshod over the Constitution and twisting the arms on the justices in the Supreme Court.
Honduras president Porfirio Lobo has been openly engaging in “ministerial rule” in that he expressed his opinion that the Supreme Court of Justice should reinstate a couple of judges who had been dismissed for violating the laws. Even though the court was convened in an “Ortega” move, i.e., while some regular justices were absent in the hope that the substitute would vote differently, the court nonetheless upheld the dismissal by a vote of 10 to 5. This apparently greatly upset the president, who must not have heard of the separation of powers – or perhaps he hasn’t bothered to read the constitution.
The latter would explain why he is – just like his deposed elected predecessor Manuel Zelaya – advocating arranging for a constituting constitutional assembly, although that is patently unconstitutional. But if he hasn’t read article 375 (I may be wrong on the number, but the last one anyway), then he doesn’t know that if he proceeds, then all the Hondurans, all their institutions, and all their military, are compelled to use whatever means necessary to defend the constitution.
Perhaps he doesn’t realize it yet, but somewhere in Honduras there is a pajamas ready for him, or for any other president who attempts high treason: