On Tuesday, the Honduran Congress voted to withdraw from the Venezuela-led trade bloc called the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), and on Wednesday, Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes announced that his government will not align with the bloc.
The Honduran Congress, which is controlled by coup supporters from the centrist Liberal Party and other right wing parties, voted 122 to 5 in favor of the country’s withdrawal. The Congress also granted the status of legislator-for-life to Roberto Michelleti, who led the coup and headed the post-coup regime, rendering Michelleti immune from legal prosecution for the coup and its aftermath.
Michelleti handed over power to another coup supporter and right wing party leader Porfirio Lobo following elections in November that were marked by widespread violent state repression and massive voter abstention, according to international human rights observers. Most countries except for the United States refused to recognize the coup regime as well as the elections.