As predicted, the conditions were ripe for a military coup in Honduras. President Zelaya has been taken out of the country to Costa Rica.
Here is the current situation:
- Up to know the situation appears to be a controlled crisis
- Heavy military presence on the streets of Tegucigalpa, and war planes hovering above the city.
- Power was cut earlier this morning, therefore they are unable to track developments in the media
- There is a possibility that mobile communications will also be suspended
- Congress will be meeting at noon time to seek a quick resolution to the crisis. Possibility that the leader of congress, Roberto Micheletti, will be sworn as new president.
- Protest is expected to developed as deposed President Zelaya’s supporters become aware of the coup. Violent clashes are possible in Tegucigalpa.
The situation is unlikely to deteriorate any further as there appear to be a consensus from the power structure in Honduras (except the executive branch) for this action.
- Account for personnel in the country.
- Consider implementing business continuity plans.
- Consider implementing crisis management plans.
- In-country personnel are advised to keep a low profile until the situation becomes clearer.