Honduran Supreme Court rules religious leaders cannot run for office

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Honduras held Thursday that the Supreme Electoral Court violated two constitutional provisions in June when it opened the door for religious figures to run for public office. The constitutional ban for political activity by religious leaders is stated in the 1982 Honduran Constitution [text in Spanish] and is based on a 1830 announcement by then-President Francisco Morazan [Wikipedia profile] declaring a separation of church and state. Prior to the Supreme Court's decision, 14 evangelical ministers had entered congressional candidacies for the November 27, 2005 general elections where the presidency and all 128 congressional seats will be up for election. AP has more.

 

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