Term-Limit Ruling Is Another Nail in the Coffin of Honduran Democracy

Term-Limit Ruling Is Another Nail in the Coffin of Honduran Democracy
Honduran President Juan Hernandez Alvarado speaks at the National Palace in Mexico City, March 13, 2015 (AP photo by Marco Ugarte).

Last month’s ruling by the Supreme Court of Honduras throwing out a constitutional ban on the re-election of presidents is far from an innocent opening up of democratic possibilities. Rather, the court’s decision is another step in the ongoing, methodical destruction of the rule of law and constitutional order in Honduras, which began with the 2009 military coup that deposed the country’s democratically elected president, Manuel Zelaya. Most ominously, given his record so far, the court’s decision paves the way for President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s continued hold on power, even as the United States is shoring him up as a […]

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