Posts Tagged ‘Partido Liberal’

Honduras: Juan Orlando Hernández’s first 100 days

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

johPoverty, crime and corruption are still the main problems for the Central American country

[Translation of an article from Opera Mundi of São Paulo, Brazil, for May 7, 2014. See original here and related articles here, here and here.]

by Giorgio Trucchi

This May 7, the administration of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández celebrates its first 100 days. And it is time to take stock. JOH received the presidential sash after the TSE (Tribunal Supremo Electoral) confirmed him officially as winner of the elections of November 24 of last year, with almost eight percentage points more than Xiomara Castro, wife of former President Manuel Zelaya and candidate for the Libre Party (Libertad y Refundación), the electoral arm of the popular resistance movement against the 2009 coup d’état that removed Zelaya from office.

Concerning the official results and the immediate international recognition, Xiomara Castro termed the win by the ruling party candidate a “monstrous fraud,” challenging the impartiality of the electoral authorities, denouncing a series of irregularities in the vote count and in the transmission of vote tallies and refusing to recognize the results and the legitimacy of JOH as the new president of Honduras. (more…)

Honduras: FNRP forms Broad Front for electoral politics

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Divisions and questions about process persist

[Translation of an article from Revistazo of Tegucigalpa for June 26, 2011. See original here and related articles here. An excellent interview with Bertha Cáceres of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras is here. Father and son Jaime and Yany Rosenthal, mentioned in the article, are members of a prominent Honduran family with ties to the Partido Liberal. Both opposed the coup. Yany Rosenthal, at one time editor of the newspaper Diario Tiempo of San Pedro Sula, was minister of the presidency in the Zelaya administration.]

Amid questioning, doubts, divergent opinions and the possible withdrawal of some of the groups making it up, an assembly of the Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular has created the Frente Amplio [Broad Front] as the political arm of the movement, through which it intends to participate in the elections of 2013.

With delegates from the 18 departments of the country attending the assembly, after little deliberation and participation, including speeches by union leaders and others, the coordinator of the FNRP, Manuel Zelaya Rosales, and the sub-coordinator, Juan Barahona, offered a proposal which, in the opinions of many, was conceived beforehand and lacked consultation with the bases of the movement. (more…)

Honduras: What now, Zelaya?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Back in his country, the former president talks about the challenges of building unity on the left and about the disputes within his base

[Translation of an interview from Brasil de Fato of São Paulo, Brazil, for June 24. See original here and related articles here.]

by Sílvia Álvarez

Tegucigalpa — At 59 years of age, Manuel “Mel” Zelaya is a man in search of his identity. “I still feel like a stranger; it is not easy to live outside your country, you lose your origins,” he declares when we ask how he has spent his first days back in Honduras after 17 months in exile in the Dominican Republic. The former president is back in his home, from which he was taken, still in his pyjamas, on the morning of June 28, 2009, in a civilian-military coup d’état. The gate is better guarded now, but the house has the same rustic furniture as before, together with framed photographs of his family. (more…)

Honduran resistance movement reforms

Friday, July 16th, 2010

[Translations of two articles from Tiempo of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the first, from July 12 based on an Agence France Presse dispatch, the second from July 15. The movement against the coup d’état of June 28, 2009, has been divided since its inception between zelayistas, motivated primarily by support for Manuel Zelaya, and leftists like labor organizer Juan Barahona and campesino leader Rafael Alegría of Via Campesina (currently hospitalized with hemorrhagic dengue, which has reached epidemic proportions in the entire region). The leftists, dedicated to making fundamental changes in the country, initially through a constituent assembly, are understandably mistrustful of both traditional parties, the Partido Nacional and the Partido Liberal, the latter of which includes among its adherents not only Manuel Zelaya but also Roberto Micheletti, the de facto president installed in the coup. In a letter sent in late April from the Dominican Republic, where he is currently living in exile, Zelaya accused resistance leaders of attempting to exclude him from the movement by dismissing the possibility of his returning to Honduras.]

Resistance movement elects Zelaya as coordinator

Tegucigalpa – The Frente Nacional de Resistencia de Honduras [National Resistance Front of Honduras], formed to oppose the coup d’état of June, 2009, was divided as it ended an assembly this weekend but named former President Manuel Zelaya as its general coordinator in an attempt to restore unity.

The group, which has adopted the name Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular (FNRP – National Popular Resistance Front ) and promotes a constituent assembly, is made up of members from the traditional left and of dissident members of the Partido Liberal, a traditionally rightist party which moved leftward with Zelaya. (more…)