October 24, 2020

Former President Lobo, leader of opposition party in the ruling party of Honduras

Former President Lobo, leader of opposition party in the ruling party of Honduras



Former President of Honduras Porfirio Lobo (2010-2014), burdened by family problems associated with corruption and drug trafficking, announced in recent days that he will create an internal political movement in the ruling National Party, to "fight against the ruling party."

Lobo's fight is against his co-religionist and former friend Juan Orlando Hernández, president of the country, whom he accuses in part of his wife, Rosa Elena Bonilla, facing a trial for alleged corruption and remaining incarcerated since February 28, 2018.

Lobo confirmed his intention to create an internal movement in the National Party, which has three consecutive terms in power, last Thursday, in a message on the social network Twitter.

"Along with a large group of Nationalists, we are announcing the formation of an open political movement to fight against the traitorous government to the Sacred Principles of the National Party of Honduras (HNP) and that is filling us with shame. give in the fight ever! "said Lobo.

Lobo and Hernandez are far from the relationship of friends and colleagues of years in the Honduran Parliament, of which both were president and from which they sought power.

The ex-president Lobo was the head of the Parliament from 2002 to 2006, while Hernández from 2010 to 2014.

Relations between the two politicians cracked after the capture of former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla, who faces trial for alleged corruption during her husband's term.

Bonilla was captured in her home outside of Tegucigalpa and taken to the jail with wives, and more than a year after that, the trial against her continues in the courts of Tegucigalpa.

In January, Lobo reiterated that his wife is being held in a women's prison near Tegucigalpa because "there was an agreement, a decision that was made in the Presidential House," in a statement to President Juan Orlando Hernández.

Lobo now accuses Hernandez of doing "a lot of damage" to the country and of abandoning "the principles of the National Party", under whose banner he has been deputy and ruling, this last position in two periods in a row, after a controversial re-election in 2017 on which the main opposition forces argue that there was fraud.

The ex-ruler has also said this year that the Support Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (Maccih), which depends on the Organization of American States (OAS), is not investigating corruption cases from 2014 to the present.

That attitude of the Maccih, according to Lobo, would be obeying "a pact of impunity between President Juan Orlando Hernández and Luis Almagro, secretary general of the OAS."

Lobo's announcement to create an internal movement in the National Party has provoked the reaction of several members of that political institute, conservative, and founded more than a century ago, that for decades alternated the power with the Liberal Party, also centennial and conservative .

An internal division in the National Party can cost him his continuity in power, according to activists and local analysts.

To the internal division would be added the political erosion that the National Party has had since 2010, when it assumed Lobo.

Deputy Oswaldo Ramos, former president of the Supreme Court of Justice and deputy for the National Party, said on Friday to know the intentions of Lobo to create an internal political movement among the "cachurecos" (nationalists), that the ex-ruler has the right to who wants, but not to divide.

"A new triumph of the National Party requires unity, so a citizen must first work for his country, then for his party and personal interests, which are subordinate to the great interests of the State," said Ramos.

Ramos reminded Lobo that in politics, when there is division, the opposition wins.

A division in the National Party would be good for the Freedom and Refoundation Party (LIBRE), the first opposition force led by former President Manuel Zelaya, who was overthrown on June 28, 2009, when he promoted constitutional reforms that the law prevented him from doing.

It would also suit the Liberal Party, which in 2006 brought Manuel Zelaya to power, but which split up in the wake of the coup d'état in 2009 and was relegated by LIBRE to the second opposition force in Parliament.

Meanwhile, Lobo is still overwhelmed by the imprisonment of his wife, as well as his son in the United States where he faces a trial for drug trafficking, which adds another case for alleged corruption in his government, which involves an older brother yours.

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