US stepping away from unabashed support for Zelaya! August 7, 2009Posted by ramosy in Uncategorized.
Chavez and two of his South American allies, Bolivian President Evo Morales and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, have won public approval for new constitutions that are allowing them to extend their terms in office.
The Honduran Congress, the attorney general’s office and the state prosecutor all advised Zelaya that Honduras’ constitution didn’t permit the referendum.
He went ahead anyway and was ousted.
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a conservative Republican from Florida, applauded the State Department letter.
“It seems that the U.S. is stepping a bit away from its unabashed support for Zelaya,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a telephone interview.
She’d prefer that the Obama administration break ranks with the rest of Latin America and Europe and drop its support for Zelaya.
“To reinstate Zelaya to power would be the wrong message to send,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “It would say you can violate the law, go against the Congress and get away with it, and the U.S. will stand with you.”