Although Zelaya allegations of kidnapping his capture came based on a court Order and was transported to Costa Rica for his own wellbeing.
In the absence of the President the next in line is the Vice President, followed by the President of Congress. The Vice President of Honduras had resigned a few months ago to be able to run for the Presidency, coming elections in November 2009.
The Congress of Honduras appointed its President Roberto Micheletti Bain as constitutional successor of the President. This individual shall serve for the rest of the Presidency of Manuel Zelaya until January 27th, 2010.
The Constitution and the Rule of law has been preserved in Honduras.
According to Zelaya the US would provide an indication of its intervention in a ´coup d ´Etat´ if it were to recognize the new President as a legitimate successor to Zelaya. Obviously this is a cynical vocalization and a suggestion of Zelaya blackmailing Barack Obama.
It is the proper action by the US Administration to acknowledge this constitutional transition in Honduras.
Honduras has been a traditional friend and trade partner of the US. Puerto Cortes is a major port facility approved under the Transportation Security Initiative.