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Honduras deal 'dead': Readers react

Manuel Zelaya
Mr Zelaya has abandoned the deal drawn up to form a unity government

A deal to end the political crisis in Honduras is "dead", according to ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

He was speaking after interim Honduran leader Roberto Micheletti said he was forming a "unity government" without Mr Zelaya's representatives.

It is the latest development in a long-running political crisis which has shaken the country since Mr Zelaya was forced out in June.

Here, readers react to the latest twist in the country's fortunes. Read a range of views reacting to the previous developments below also.


This failure was as predictable as was the original coup which preceded it. Micheletti has never had any desire to negotiate. What he is trying to do is fool the international community into accepting his coup so that the elections are legitimised when it is very clear that without a negotiated settlement there can be no legitimate elections and the international community needs to show its absolute condemnation for the current events.

Zelaya should be president because that is what he was elected as and those who removed him reject democracy. They want to pursue their politics even though Micheletti was never elected president of Honduras. Micheletti and co have done huge damage to Honduras and should pay the price in a prison cell.
Richard, La Ceiba, Honduras

More lies from Zelaya. The country is in far better hands without him. He said the day after signing the accord that he wouldn't honour it, just like he did with the San Jose accord. And then we are to believe that he only wants to stay until January? Nobody trusts him any more, let him stay in the Brazilian embassy. Because there's no way he's getting back in charge of the country.
Andres, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

I don't like what is happening in Honduras but Mr Micheletti is right. I didn't support Mr Micheletti prior to this but I love democracy. Mr Zelaya wants Honduras to be like Venezuela and Nicaragua. Honduras is free because of Mr Micheletti. In November Mr Zelaya will run away from the Brazilian embassy and a new president will be in charge of Honduras. God bless Honduras, God bless our military, God bless our Supreme Court. They saved Honduras from Zelaya and his communist comrades.
Filipe Manuel, Honduras

I could foresee this. All this time, Mr Zelaya has found a way to get attention. The accord if you read it, sets aside time for installing a new government. But this is a part agreed upon that is completely ignored by Mr Zelaya. As if to create confusion for his own benefit, he calls it "dead", even though all Hondurans know that it's his party that is not giving it the time to succeed. Because when you don't like something, it's better to destroy it.
Alejandro, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

From The agreement signed last week created the basis for restoring calm in the country. If some believe that the elections and the support of the US to the coup leaders would prevent a large part of the population from feeling duped, powerless and furious they're wrong. The short-sightedness and stupidity of the coup ring leaders has only deepened the crisis and radicalised a population that is against the coup.
Wilfredo, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

From It's shameful, this has been the biggest planned robbery ever carried out in the country. Everyone has stolen a piece of the cake after the coup. There are electricity power cuts every week since the de facto government cannot pay the energy companies and now sacrifice the people by considering an increase in taxes and a currency devaluation and even cutting the minimum wage, which is the best thing that happened to us, the poor, thanks to Zelaya.
Catracho, La Ceiba, Honduras

From We only want to hear the official news that the crisis is over and that Zelaya won't return to cause more trouble. May God listen to us!
Gerardo, Santa Rosa, Honduras

From The agreement was a joke, we knew that it wouldn't be respected. Our Congress knows that they're going to leave, never to come back, so they couldn't care less about a new government. We've lived through one crisis after another, the only difference this time is that the international community hasn't taken part in this one. At least not physically, though maybe through other means such as the internet, satellites, or social networks. The challenge today is to reverse the coup.
Ramon Betancourt, Choluteca, Honduras



From Restoring Manuel Zelaya is a duty since he was elected by the people. However this is not the end of the conflict. The Honduran people cannot live under the oppression of the oligarchy with a semblance of democracy and the constant threat of the army and police. We need to convene and install the Constituent Assembly, dissolve Congress, the armed forces, restructure everything and create a new Honduras, more just, free and democratic!
David Diaz Hernandez, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

From Honduras is far from becoming a modern society, but something has changed and we all hope this will be for the better. Meanwhile police and the military continue to be visible on the streets. The air of danger can still be felt in the air.
Martin Aguilar, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

From This is the beginning of the end of the crisis. There could have been no agreement if both parties did not cede. Thank God, what is just missing is the return of Zelaya to power, and we can have legitimate elections and Zelaya can begin working in a unity government. It would be good too if the next administration and Congress called for a referendum because many want it and they don't trust politicians.
Allan, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

From Thank God we're going to elections and that the corruption and abuse of power from Zelaya will be a lesson to Honduras' new president, that he must first respect the constitution and laws and not abuse his position. I think Honduras is beginning a new stage and the precedent has been set: that not even the president is above the law.
Annie, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

I do believe this agreement will bring a solution. I believe the Congress will vote against Manuel Zelaya. Whatever happens to Zelaya after that it's hard to guess. Although this agreement and vote in Congress will bring peace and recognition of the upcoming elections on 29 November, I must say that internally the so called "resistance" will continue its vandalism for a fight with no cause. Viva Honduras!
J J, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

This accord should end the crisis created by Chavez's intrusion in our affairs through Zelaya. We are happy we can focus now on recovering our economy and unity.
Oskar, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

It is a good deal that can help us to move forward as a country.
Weiya, Honduras

We are happy about the agreement; but we are still hoping Congress won't restitude Zelaya. Most of us here in Honduras do not trust Zelaya, and we wonder how he'll be able to work with other members of government when he does not listen to anyone. Congress and the Court and a lot of other people tried hard to talk to Zelaya, and warned him of the consequences of his acting against the Constitution, but he did not listen...claiming he was the President and as such he had the power to do whatever he pleased. Most Hondurans just want Zelaya out of sight. During his three and a half years in power the crime rate went way up, poverty got worse and education did not get any better.
M.Ajuria, Honduras

This agreement is a very good thing for Honduras. With the signing of the Guaymuras Accord, the Congress will address the actions of Zelaya again, as will the Supreme Court. Most importantly, our elections will be recognised world wide as legitimate and international isolation will cease. This truly is a good day for all the peoples of Honduras.
Andrew, Roatan, Honduras


The situation is by no means resolved. The impression of most Hondurans is that Michelleti has been very clever. The international community now has to back off while the courts and Congress could drag out the debating of Zelaya's return for weeks. The elections are due on 29 November. If Zelaya received the support of Congress (and this is a big if) he would only be back in power for a couple of weeks. Apart from saving his reputation in the history books, the big question is what would be the big attraction for Zelaya to come back? He is widely reviled in the country now and has become a bit of a joke. Why expose yourself to that when you could go down as a working class martyr? Could it be that he truly does have plans to forcibly extend his tenure as many Hondurans fear?
Danny, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The vast majority of Hondurans feel that Zelaya's removal was necessary. It was approved unanimously by Congress and the Supreme Court. For the last four months Zelaya has been screaming restitution or death to his few remaining supporters. He has called for and financed riots. But worst of all he has told his street gangs that they are entitled to take what is theirs from the evil rich, spurring home invasions and robberies. Mel Zelaya is unfit to walk amongst civilised people let alone be reinstated as president. The US strong-arm tactics to force through their "solution" will only lead to the continuation of a problem we thought we had solved on 28 June.
Mike, Roatan, Honduras

As a Honduran resident, I know that Mel Zelaya is bad news. If he returns to power it will be bad for our country. How can the international community want him back?
Lynn, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Let the wolf hold the chicken house door for three months....Bad idea.
John, Tegu, Honduras

I think it is scandalous that the US came and pressured this and that they and the UN threatened not to recognise the election results just to get their way. Even worse considering that the US Congressional law office ruled that deposing Mel was legal and not a coup. Few people here want Mel back. Why restore him for three months? Is that just saving face or is there some darker agenda? Although we are a small country we should have the right to govern our own affairs. I wonder how the US or UK would feel if the world intervened in their internal politics.
Will, Siguatepeque, Honduras

This US-pushed accord will probably be vetoed by the Supreme Court or Congress. If this is not the case and Zelaya is returned to power, I will be putting money on an event "occurring" that will be used as an excuse to suspend elections.
Philip, Roatan, Honduras

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