Are free and charter cities making a comeback in Honduras?

By a large majority (110 votes to 128), the Honduran Congress approved the modification of three articles of the country’s constitution, giving powers to Congress to create areas subject to special arrangements, referred to as “Model Cities” that were declared unconstitutional last October for being considered “states within a state.” reports that “The law consists of two approved articles. The first amending Articles 294, 303 and 329 of Decree 131 of January 11, 1982 containing the Constitution, which divided the country into departments. These ‘are divided into autonomous municipalities administered by corporations elected by the people, in accordance with the law’.

Without prejudice to the provisions of the preceding two paragraphs, Congress can create areas under special schemes in accordance with Article 329 of this Constitution ‘.

Here is more, and here is a related article of explanation.   I am still told, however, that yet another piece of legislation needs to be passed.  I don’t pretend to understand any of this (for one thing, how much do these developments represent genuine suspense?), but at least one insider seems to think it represents a breakthrough of sorts.


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