Honduran Presidential Inauguration

Posted by Hugo Llorens
January 29, 2010
Honduran Presidential Inauguration U.S. Delegation

About the Author: Hugo Llorens serves as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras.

On Wednesday, January 27, I had the privilege of witnessing an important event in Honduran history. From the field of the Estadio Nacional (National Stadium) in Tegucigalpa and alongside the citizens of Honduras, I watched Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo Sosa be sworn in as the newly-elected President of Honduras. Felicitaciones to President Lobo and the citizens of Honduras!

This inauguration -- or “Toma de Posesion” -- was especially momentous in light of the June 28, 2009 coup d'etat. The U.S. delegation to the inauguration was headed by Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela. We all had a powerful sense that the ceremony symbolized a fresh start for the Honduran people with their new leader, President Lobo.

Amidst the ceremony and celebration, President Lobo took the reins and will attempt to lead the citizens of Honduras out of a difficult period of political turmoil and economic hardship. President Lobo now must focus his efforts on forging national reconciliation and improving the economic and human rights situation in Honduras. In his inaugural remarks, President Lobo underscored his commitment to these important issues. We look forward to working with his administration to help Honduras heal from their political crisis.

Again, I want to congratulate the citizens of Honduras and President Lobo on this critical accomplishment.



February 1, 2010

Helen in Honduras writes:

coup d'etat!!! are you kidding?

California, USA
February 2, 2010

Mora in California writes:

Uh, Mister Ambassador - are those Hondurans you're congratulating maybe the SAME Hondurans who supported your so-called 'coup d'etat'? Hmm? Remember: Mel Zelaya's political base opted to boycott that election. That's to say they didn't vote at all. People who supported President Micheletti did. So who, exactly, are you congratulating again? And do those particular people who voted agree with you about Honduras suffering a 'coup d'etat'? Maybe you ought to get out and ask one of them.

New Mexico, USA
March 8, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I'm glad that the U.S. is "normalizing" its bilateral relationship and reinstating the curtailed aid programs.

From get-go I figured the "hiccup" in democratic process starting with Zelaya's removal could have been much worse.

I mean simply that the "de facto regime" could have dropped him off on the tarmac in his birthday suit, sans pajamas.

Thus the "de facto regime" did indeed leave him with at least a shread of dignity.

I don't think any elected official will be trying to alter their constitution anytime soon, now that precedent has been made.

All in all, Honduran democracy has been strenthened in the process, not weakened.


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