Former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya has thanked members of the National Congress for protesting the reelection of Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH) of the National Party, who is due to be sworn in on January 27. “I appreciate that the people are firm on protesting; we want reconciliation and justice, contrary to what our friends (from the National Party) say,” he said Thursday. Members were also protesting the seating of the newest assembly members elected November 26, which continues the president’s congressional majority.
“Fuera JOH!” yelled members of the Opposition Alliance coalition, including those from the Libre party, hoisting placards as the congressional session began. Other members remained in their offices and refused to join the quorum.
“We can’t return to a congress where we won’t touch the topics that the Alliance needs to discuss,” said Libre Senator Scherly Arriaga. “We declared this morning’s protest because we can’t dialogue with these fraudulent people.”