Pepe Lobo always thought that the recount was rigged, that Zelaya and his men, among whom was a wealthy businessman named Roberto Micheletti-made a trap. But Lobo, also a wealthy farmer of Olancho, decided to comply with the outcome and await with patience and good humor, his revenge.
That moment has arrived. A few days ago, Pepe Lobo and Thomas Shannon, Assistant Secretary of State sent by Obama to resolve the conflict once and all for Honduras, met alone in Tegucigalpa. They spoke in English because Lobo, like all children of the few wealthy families in Honduras, completed his studies in America.
Shannon announced that the representatives of Zelaya and Micheletti had reached an agreement for the National Congress to decide upon Zelaya’s reinstatement in an open vote by a show of hands. “But Zelaya’s side has asked me to guarantee that his return takes place. So I need,” Shannon approached him directly, “that your members vote yes to the reinstatement.” Wolf smiled, for it is one of his most characteristic gesture, a friendly smile behind which hides his true thoughts, and his response was: “Okay.”
Pepe Lobo’s National Party has 54 votes in Congress, and the Liberal Party has 62, but 20 of the 62 Liberal voters have already shown that they supported the res-institution of Zelaya, albeit symbolically, with limited powers. Taking into account that Congress consists of 128 deputies, Lobo believes the 54 plus the 20 would be enough to smooth the return of Zelaya and thereby ending the conflict …