Oh-ho, there's an interesting development with ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. He promised this afternoon in New York he won't seek re-election if allowed to return to Honduras. That was apparently the big reason behind his ouster. He made the statement at a press conference at the UN, replying, "No, never," when asked if he would ever enter politics again. He said he will return Thursday to Honduras. And, from Buenos Aires, we learn Argentine President Cristina Fernandez may accompany him, along with officials from, among other organizations, the OAS.
So, can a defanged prez (to use a polite body part) go home again? President in name only until November?
I didn't think of that. It would certainly be a creative solution, presumably ending the sabre rattling from Hugo Chavez. It took three years of pressure to pummel Aristide into shape (see previous posting) but this was mental massage at warp speed.
Meanwhile, Honduran officials say he'll be arrested for treason if he tries to return. Plus, rumours suggest a cocaine link for Zelaya. How original. Consider the U.S. regional drug task force based in Honduras.
Stay tuned - although I'm still betting against a homecoming.