Will coup-toppled Honduran president return?

This video from the USA says about itself:

Clinton & the Coup: Amid Protests in Honduras, Ex-President on Hillary’s Role in His 2009 Ouster

28 July 2015

In Honduras, as many as 25,000 people marched Friday demanding the resignation of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández. The protests come six years after a coup ousted Honduras’s democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya.

In an exclusive interview, Zelaya talks about the new protest movement, the fallout from the 2009 coup, and Hillary Clinton’s role in his ouster. “On the one hand, [the Obama administration] condemned the coup, but on the other hand, they were negotiating with the leaders of the coup,” Zelaya said. “And Secretary Clinton lent herself to that, maintaining that ambiguity of U.S. policy to Honduras, which has resulted in a process of distrust and instability of Latin American governments in relation to U.S. foreign policies.”

While the United States publicly supported Zelaya’s return to power, newly released emails show Clinton was attempting to set up a back channel of communication with Roberto Micheletti, who was installed as Honduran president after the coup. In one email, Clinton referenced lobbyist and former President Clinton adviser Lanny Davis. She wrote, “Can he help me talk w Micheletti?” At the time, Davis was working for the Honduran chapter of the Business Council of Latin America, which supported the coup. In another email, Thomas Shannon, the State Department’s lead negotiator for the Honduras talks, refers to Manuel Zelaya as a “failed” leader.

By James Tweedie:

Honduras: Coup-toppled Zelaya may stand for president again

Friday 27th May 2016

TOPPLED Honduran president Manuel Zelaya has announced plans to run for office again next year — if the incumbent does the same.

Latin American media reported late on Wednesday that “Mel” Zelaya, the popular leader deposed in 2009’s US-backed coup d’etat, would be on the ballot paper in his Liberty and Refoundation (Libre) party’s presidential candidate elections.

The Libre party was founded in 2011 by the National Popular Resistance Front, a coalition of organisations that opposed the coup.

Mr Zelaya’s wife Xiomara Castro was the party’s candidate in the 2013 presidential election, coming second with 29 per cent of the vote to 34 per cent for coup candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez.

The ruling National Party hinted in March that Mr Hernandez may seek office for a second time after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional one-term limit last year.

Mr Zelaya’s calling of an indicative, non-binding plebiscite on forming a constituent assembly to discuss term limits, on the day of the 2009 presidential election in which he was not standing, was used as to justify the coup.

Congressional speaker Roberto Micheletti, a turncoat member of the Liberal Party that Mr Zelaya led until his overthrow, was installed as interim president while the security forces brutally cracked down on opposition to the coup.

Violence against the opposition continues to this day, with indigenous people’s rights campaigner Berta Caceres assassinated in March.

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