This goodwill cost President Lobo considerable political capital among conservatives who would have preferred a harder, more punitive approach toward Mr. Zelaya. But it was central to Mr. Lobo’s national reconciliation efforts which helped keep a lid on the simmering anger over the coup and the general discontent in Honduras.
The move toward reconciliation enabled the Resistencia to evolve peacefully into a robust and competitive political party known as “Libre” and participate in mainstream electoral politics, rather than morph into an armed revolutionary camp, as occurred in Nicaragua and El Salvador during the 1970s and 1980s, and it allowed President Lobo to try and focus on dealing with the social and economic crises that had been growing during the Zelaya administration and made worse by the coup.
The Wolf We Feed: Post-Coup Honduras Under Pepe Lobo is a new book by Marco Cáceres di Iorio. Scheduled for publication in March 2014 by CCP Publishing of Canada, the book is the follow-on to The Good Coup: The Overthrow of Manuel Zelaya in Honduras. Its collection of short essays offers personal insights and perspectives on many of the key political developments and issues in Honduras during the Lobo Presidency. It will be available on Amazon.com. (10/9/13)