This is the video evidence that has been lacking to lend credence to the current government’s position that a purpose of Manuel Zelaya’s proposed constitutional assembly was presidential reelection. Zelaya does not state he wanted to be reelected, but he advocates the reelection of other presidents. That, however is enough. Article 239 of our constitution states (translation below).
“ARTICULO 239.- El ciudadano que haya desempeñado la titularidad del Poder Ejecutivo no podrá ser Presidente o Vicepresidente de la República.
El que quebrante esta disposición o proponga su reforma, así como aquellos que lo apoyen directa o indirectamente, cesarán de inmediato en el desempeño de sus respectivos cargos y quedarán inhabilitados por diez (10) años para el ejercicio de toda función pública.”
“ARTICLE 239.- The citizen who has performed the titularity of the Executive Power will not be able to be President or Vicepresident of the Republic.
Whoever breaks this disposition, or proposes its reform, together with those who support them directly or indirectly, will cease immediately in the fulfillment of their respective charges and will be incapacitated for ten (10) years in the excersise of all public office.”
Below is a transcript of Zelaya’s remarks, translated to English.
ZELAYA: “Here the judges are reelected. District Attorneys are reelected. Mayors are reelected. Congressional deputees are reelected. Commisioners for human rights are reelected. The only one who isn’t reelected in Honduras…the only one who isn’t reelected in Honduras is the president.”
“But the reelection is a topic of the next National Constitutional Assembly.”
“There will have the opportunity”…
(to someone on his right)
… “Leader, there your ex-father in law will have the opportunity” …
(in the crowd: “That one won’t return.” Crowd: “No!”)
ZELAYA: “We will open for them the opportunity in the next National Constitutional Assembly. Callejas will return. Correct?”
(The crowd cries: “No!”)
ZELAYA: “No, I have already told him, look Rafael Leonardo, if we go to the World Cup I can think of my vote, but you have to take my national team to the World Cup. If he doesn’t take me to the World Cup, then he can’t complain to me.”
“Do you understand me?”
“So, reelection is a topic in the next National Constitutional Assembly.”