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Honduras: 10 Political Flops and Failures of 2012

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Here’s a list of the top 10 political flops and failures of Honduras in 2012.

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Honduras: The 10 Fiasco of 2012

The fiascos of this year have been many, from the private to the public sector.

This includes infrastructure projects and initiatives that never pulled the Congress and the Executive Branch that died before birth. It also lists the most prominent failures in the political environment.

Data transmission Transmission of Preliminary Electoral Results (TREP) surely wins the first place in this count.

This system, implemented by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) in the primary elections last November, was presumed to expedite sending data from the tables election to the computer center of the TSE, but that did not happen.

Additionally, it was expected that the TREP was a guarantor of real data, transparent and reliable results at polling stations. However, it became clear that most of the members of the polling stations or were not prepared to make all data or was the result of manipulation. That caused some suspicion because the erroneous data and hurt some candidates benefited others.

Model Cities
The Special Development Regions, best known as Model Cities, became a failed project before starting work. This project, promoted by the National Congress with the support of the executive, was declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court. The Full Court upheld that ruling.

This initiative was senior adviser to American Paul Rommer, who after several months after the project was unmarked socialized and resigned to continue due to lack of transparency. Rommer not share the idea of ​​the Executive and Congress who signed an agreement through the Commission for the Promotion of Public Private Partnership with the group “MKG”, a company that did not exist (days after creating a website with the name “MGK groups”).

Safety Tason
The government failed to capture the target set by one of the many “trancazos” that has been applied in this administration. Only 756 million was raised from the 1,500 that were scheduled.

Under the law “Population Security Fee” banks make deductions to Hondurans who cash in their savings and checking accounts at or above 120 lempiras. The law was amended in the first instance because it had a retroactive effect, which only applies in criminal matters as favoring one sentenced.

Saving measures
The government failed to implement the Strategic Plan for the Management and Conservation of Fuel and Energy approved in March. He started applying the “Hoy No Circula” for state vehicles and developed energy-saving campaigns. Were instructed also restrict travel expenses of officials traveling abroad and dismissals for abuse of state cars.

It also decided to lower the salary by 11% to public servants who earn wages equal to or greater than 50,000 lempiras. Everything was on paper.

Nominations confit
The low number of votes they received certain presidential pre-candidates in the primaries, especially the National Party, was controversial to the internal politics of the organization. Several leaders said they confirmed that many of these candidates “confit” intended to favor the ruling party candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez. That complaint was later confirmed that the TSE formalize the election results where a couple of candidates did not exceed six thousand votes, meaning that not even their delegates at tables voted for them.

Luis Alfonso Santos
This Catholic priest tried to be the Liberal Party candidate, however, the Vatican denied permission for once to withdraw their service to the Church, was launched into the political arena. What surprised that Santos is always called a fervent supporter of the Liberal Party, and even the launch his candidacy internally in the organization, but to get the Vatican’s refusal abandoned liberalism and joined the newly created party Libre. Santos had signed the liberal unity pact, signed on April 18, but in the end did not comply with his word and signed that day and joined Libre.

200 days of school
Teachers again had their way this year. Only 647 schools were certified by the Ministry of Education as meeting the 200 days of school. The remaining, more than 18,000 centers did not meet the moral and patriotic duty. Because of that the Ministry of Education extended the school year for those schools and colleges expand the class period until 14 and December 21, depending on the number of days lost by work stoppages or information meetings, which are not fulfilled .

Palmerola Project
President Porfirio Lobo Sosa announced that this year would start the terminal enabling Palmerola as commercial area, however, the project has not even been tendered. Was projected to be invested in this program over 2,600 million lempiras, however, differences with the dealership and the slowness of the government have been evidenced again. Although intended to enable this track for commercial flights threatens the economic stability of Tegucigalpa, is a great opportunity for the population residing in Comayagua, which houses Palmerola.

The peripheral ring
This is another infrastructure project expected completion in advance, but the apathy of the government authorities and the lack of resources has prevented the peripheral ring is operating at one hundred percent. In fact, the ring has become a veritable death trap because it is full of potholes, which over the years have caused fatal car accidents leave balances. The most regrettable thing is that the authorities have not been concerned about repairing the sections where there are potholes, so it remains a latent danger.

Elections UNAH
Any attempt to hold student elections at the National Autonomous University of Honduras ended in failure. This created an administrative vacuum in the highest seat of learning because no student elections was not possible to define this sector representatives to the University Council and that prevented the property elected members of the Board of Higher Education Management.

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