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The Buzz

"The Buzz" Continued...

Issue: "Hurtling toward havoc," Aug. 1, 2009

Meanwhile the conservative Presby-terian Church in America (PCA) reported a slight membership decline following continual growth since its 1973 founding: from 345,582 in 2007 to 340,852 in 2008.

Honduran crisis

The UN has condemned Honduras and the Organization of American States has suspended its membership following what has been widely, but erroneously, called a coup (including by WORLD in its July 18 issue). "Sometimes, the whole world prefers a lie," opined Octavio Sánchez, a lawyer and former presidential adviser in Honduras. The removal by military forces of President Manuel Zelaya in late June was lawful, say Latin American experts, because the Honduran constitution does not allow presidents to serve more than one term or to tamper with the constitution. According to Article 239: "No citizen who has already served as head of the Executive Branch can be President or Vice-President. Whoever violates this law or proposes its reform . . . will immediately cease in their functions and will be unable to hold any public office for a period of 10 years." Both the Supreme Court and the attorney general ordered Zelaya's arrest after he ordered government employees to participate in a constitutional assembly designed to amend the document to allow him to continue in office. But Zelaya travelled the region in exile, calling for his reinstatement, and encouraging populist resentment against the military's action.

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