MPs in Honduras have voted overwhelmingly against reinstating President Manuel Zelaya, shrugging off international pressure four months after a coup that has isolated one of the poorest countries in the Americas.So what does President Obama's man in Tegucigalpa have to say?
As the vote continued, more than two-thirds of members of Congress had voted not to return the deposed president to power for the remainder of his term, which ends on January 27, as Washington and many Latin American governments had urged.
Honduran media put the ongoing vote at 98-12, well in excess of the simple majority needed in the 128-member, single-chamber Congress for the vote against restoring Mr Zelaya to succeed.
Mr Zelaya, who listened to the proceedings from the Brazilian Embassy, where he has been given sanctuary since he returned to the country, had said he would not return for a token two months even if asked.Well, good. It would mean that Zelaya seems to have accepted his fate, right? Not so fast:
He urged other governments not to restore ties with the incoming administration of Porfirio Lobo, who won Sunday's presidential election.So, here's the question: what would that accomplish? Even if Zelaya had been restored to power months ago, he'd still have had to leave and there would have been a new government in place. The U.S. government does not dispute the legitimacy of the election that the Hondurans recently undertook. In fact, the political party of both Zelaya and his successor Roberto Micheletti, lost to Lobo's party. If Honduran democracy were in peril, would Micheletti have agreed to abide by the election results?