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dc.contributor.advisorJaskoski, Maiah
dc.contributor.authorMoody, Jason
dc.dateSep-13
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-20T23:36:20Z
dc.date.available2013-11-20T23:36:20Z
dc.date.issued2013-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/37679
dc.description.abstractThe removal of presidents from office in Latin America has generally occurred under delineated constitutional procedures since the military governments of the mid-twentieth century returned to their barracks. Many theories on presidential removal have been tested among numerous cases, yet none alone can explain the Honduran political crisis of 2009 that led to the ouster of constitutionally elected President Manuel Zelaya. The situation harkened back to the days when military coups were prevalent as the armed forces, acting under the authority of a court order, arrested the president, and illegally expatriated him to Costa Rica. Honduran elites feared Zelayas shift to the new radical left in Latin America and his alleged desire for reelection through his proposal for a referendum calling for the election of a constituent assembly. Responding to this fear, the Congress and Supreme Court acted to remove the president while the militarys decision to expatriate Zelaya stemmed from a legacy of leftist hatred. This thesis tests several elements of presidential removal theories against the Zelaya incident and argues that not one theory on its own can thoroughly answer the question; rather, it is necessary to incorporate several elements of each theory while examining the actions of the military and the courts to arrive at the answer. From a comparative analysis of past presidents, it argues that Zelayas new ideology and desire for reelection ultimately were the needed factors to initiate his removal.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/crisisinhonduras1094537679
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleCrisis in Honduras: the search for answers to the removal of president Manuel Zelayaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderSotomayor, Arturo
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorHondurasen_US
dc.subject.authorManuel Zelayaen_US
dc.subject.authorReelectionen_US
dc.subject.authorNew Leften_US
dc.subject.authorRadical Leften_US
dc.subject.authorPresidential Removalen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster Of Arts In Security Studies (Western Hemisphere)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Western Hemisphere)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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