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Reading: The 2009 Honduran Presidential Crisis: Prospects for Future Democratic Development

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The 2009 Honduran Presidential Crisis: Prospects for Future Democratic Development

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Tyler A. Darr

Ensign, United States Navy
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The early morning sounds of Tegucigalpa, Honduras can be described as anything but peaceful. The clamor of roosters, fruit salesmen, and the occasional weapon discharge pervade the air. On the morning of June 28th, 2009, these sounds veiled the movement of Honduran soldiers as they carried their orders to arrest the President of Honduras, José Manuel Zelaya Rosales. President Zelaya was subsequently loaded onto an aircraft and flown to Costa Rica (U.S. Congress. House Subcommittee Report, 2009, p.37). With this act, the nation of Honduras was vaulted onto the international stage and thrust into a media firestorm. Some observers state that these actions effectively ended over a decade of democracy in the region, yet others insist that this was a legitimate expression of the will of the Honduran people. As is often the case, the truth is somewhere in the middle.

How to Cite: Darr, T.A., (2010). The 2009 Honduran Presidential Crisis: Prospects for Future Democratic Development. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 24(2), pp.28–42. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/95
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Published on 01 Jan 2010.
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