Honduras: Clarifying the Chain of Command

The interesting thing about the situation in Honduras is that while it’s being called a military coup, it’s in fact a contestation of the civilian chain of command over the military, with the actual dispute being between the executive on the one hand and the judiciary (backed up by the legislative branch) on the other. Notice that, having clarified the legitimate body to whom they answer, the generals didn’t seize power, but immediately turned it over to an interim civilian leader. Notice, too, that the referendum in question, which the Supreme Court had ruled unconstitutional, is of the “constitutional coup” […]

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