Honduras: A Legislature's Coup

A Legislature's Coup

The President threatened to declare a state of siege, and the national police's "Cobra" antiriot unit took up positions around the National Assembly and the Supreme Court in the capital of Tegucigalpa. Was the army about to take control again in Honduras, a U.S. ally that has been under a military dictatorship for all but three of the past 20 years? It was not, but President Roberto Suazo Cordova, who ordered the deployment of his security forces last week, nonetheless spoke of a "technical coup"--one carried out not by the army but by the legislature.

The power struggle was triggered by...

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