The idea of an assembly

Does the idea of establishing a National Constituent Assembly in Honduras to review and re-write the Constitution have any merit at all? Would the idea be more plausible had it not been pushed by Mr. Zelaya but rather by someone who was not such a polarizing figure and commanded the respect, trust, and confidence of Honduran society as a whole? Clearly, there is a need in Honduras to change the social and economic status quo. Either it will change peacefully or violently. Is the best way to do this through a National Constituent Assembly that includes a much more diverse representation of the Honduran people? The assumption is that such a body would not replace the Congress but rather only be formed temporarily to review and re-write the Constitution. Is this assumption reasonable? Would representatives of a National Constituent Assembly willingly go back to their previous jobs? Or would there be too much of a temptation to make the Assembly permanent in order to create a balance of power vis–à–vis the Congress. Even more, would there be too much of a temptation to simply dissolve the Congress and replace it with the Assembly Of course, the central question is, “Does the Constitution need to be re-written in order to allow for a more just society?”

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