Honduras Seeks Way Out Of Political Crisis Under Watchful Eye Of US
Honduras is looking to avert a political crisis after two lawmakers were named to lead the country's Congress, less than 48 hours before leftist Xiomara Castro assumes power with the United States watching closely
Tegucigalpa, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Jan, 2022 ) :Honduras is looking to avert a political crisis after two lawmakers were named to lead the country's Congress, less than 48 hours before leftist Xiomara Castro assumes power with the United States watching closely.
"We call on political actors to remain calm, to engage in dialogue, to refrain from violence and provocative rhetoric, and we urge their supporters to express themselves peacefully while respecting the rule of law," US State Department spokesman Ned price told reporters in Washington on Monday.
A group of legislators from Castro's Libre party rejected the president-elect's proposal to appoint Luis Redondo -- whose support as leader of the coalition Savior Party of Honduras (PSH) was key to winning the presidential election -- as head of the legislature.
Last Sunday, in parallel sessions, both Calix and Redondo were elected as speaker of the Congress, with accusations of legal breaches hurled by both sides. Both groups claimed they had a majority of votes.
"Let's have a dialogue. If necessary, let's repeat the vote. I submit myself to the scrutiny of the deputies whenever they want," Jorge Calix said in a recorded message.
"If that's what it takes to restore peace, let's do it." Castro, the first woman to govern Honduras, is due to be sworn in as president on Thursday in a ceremony that will be attended by US Vice-President Kamala Harris.
The president-elect recognized Redondo as the official speaker in a tweet on Sunday and invited him to her swearing-in ceremony.
But the uncertainty in Congress has created a legitimacy crisis around her rule, with analysts saying the swearing-in could be delayed.
On the same day, at least two Libre dissidents who initially supported Calix withdrew their support and announced their backing for Redondo when the first legislature is installed in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
While Redondo will preside over the face-to-face session, Calix has called for a parallel, virtual one.
Honduran media reported that Calix also received a call from the US embassy -- which he did not confirm -- with dissident congressman Yahve Sabillon telling local media that representatives for the two prospective congressional presidents met to seek an agreement.
AFP could not independently verify this information.