Moreover, Zlaya’s foreign policy, wich was aimed at limiting traditional ties with the U. ad launching closer partnership with Venezuela and Bolivia within such inter-governmental structures and bodies as ALBA, aienated the wide strata of Honduran population that were opposed to increased entente with Chavez, a well as the traditional political elites that feared further ‘socialist’ policies and resented breaking ties with the U. Te last factor that led to coalescing of anti-Zelaya forces around conservative opposition and the military was the president’s efforts at revising the national became the source of controversy in March to June 2009.
O 23 March Zelaya declared his attention to add the fourth ballot to the future election that was to be held in November 2009. Te president’s intention was that of convening the constituent assembly that was to revise the constitution of Honduras. Apreliminary poll for ascertaining the desirability of convening the constitutional assembly was due to be held on 28 June 2009, acording to Zelaya’s plans. Te media controlled by traditional oligarchy launched an anti-Zelaya campaign, wile the government of its new powers to impose pro-government reporting on some national media3.
Te resulting controversy pitted the key national political forces – the Conservatives and Liberals – against each other, wile the Liberal Party found itself split between the supporters and opponents of Zelaya’s policies. Akey step in escalating the tensions between Zelaya and his opponents was the series of rulings by the nation’s highest judicial bodies against the president’s plans for modifying the constitution. Te respective decisions by Honduras’ Supreme Electoral Tribunal and the Supreme Court itself, in May 2009, pinted clearly to the illegality of Zelaya’s constitutional proposals.
Te president’s plans were now viewed as the expression of abuse of power, wich meant that the Congress and other bodies opposed to Zelaya’s governmental conduct obtained the legal foundation for attacking the president’s entire policies. Ater the upholding of the anti-Zelaya decision by the Supreme Court, te Congress adopted a resolution calling upon the president to change his political plans (3 June)4. Erlier, o 27 May, te Administrative Law Tribunal found the president’s plans illegal the request
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