President Porfirio Lobo To Take Office In Honduras

January 27, 2010 By Andrew OReilly

Honduras is ready to swear in newly elected President Porfirio Lobo after six months of politcal turmoil following the June 28 coup that forced then-president Manuel Zelaya out of office and into exile, The BBC reports.

Lobo said his first goal as president would be to ensure the safe passage of Zelaya to the Dominican Republic. Zelaya, who was flown to Costa Rica after the coup, secretly entered Honduras on Sept. 21, 2009 and took refuge in the Brazilian Embassy.

“Can you imagine starting a government with a president imprisoned in an embassy. It wouldn’t be fair,” Lobo said.

Zelaya indicated that he is ready to leave Honduras, according to the BBC.

“I have an invitation… to go to the Dominican Republic and I will accept… obviously with the approval of the new government,” Mr Zelaya said on local radio.

In related news, on Tuesday a Honduran Supreme Court judge found six generals not guilty of abuse of power charges for the order to escort Zelaya out of the country at gunpoint, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Later on Tuesday Honduras’ Congress voted for amnesty for both the military and Zelaya, who was charged with treason and abuse of power.