TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Honduras President Carlos Flores
Facusse has proposed abolishing the nation's top military post, saying it
would "strengthen civilian power" in a country long run by soldiers.
Congress began debating the measure to amend the constitution after the
The army has toppled civilian presidents three times. But its political
and troop force, has gradually eroded under a series of civilian presidents
The current armed forces chief, Gen. Mario Hung Pacheco, is due to retire
in January. He said the military agreed with the measure.
The position would be replaced by a strengthened minister of defense, a
post that until now has been overshadowed by the military leader.
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