Mr. Hernández holds all the cards at the moment, and it's unlikely he is going to give them up anytime soon. The other players at the table -- Mr. Villeda, Mr. Zelaya, and Mr. Nasralla? They're still trying to agree on who'll get to shuffle the deck next.
It is understandable for a new presidential administration to criticize its predecessor for the problems it created or left unsolved. It is utterly unacceptable, however, for a new administration to absolve its predecessor for the disorder it leaves, and instead blame its predecessor's predecessor.
With at least 66.7 percent of the 3,233,000 votes cast in Sunday's presidential election in Honduras counted and reported, it is abundantly clear now that National Party candidate Juan Orlando Hernández is the winner.
The prisons in Honduras are akin to home-bases for many gangs -- places where they can conduct business safely without having to worry too much about defending their turf or being pestered by patrolling police officers and soldiers.
While there have been numerous other presidential polls conducted in Honduras during the past year, the ones above may be the best. Judging by them, the chances look good for Honduras electing its first woman president on Nov. 24.
On August 2, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) made public its Report on the Situation of Persons Deprived of Liberty in Honduras -- an in depth study of Honduras' prison system. The report was damning, to say the least.
The fact that Mrs. Zelaya consistently polls high, while Mr. Villeda consistently polls low suggests that Mr. Villeda may have a lot of work to do to get his message across and improve his image. That's one basic conclusion.
Eight individuals are vying for the presidency of Honduras. The following are 10 critical questions for the candidates to ponder. There will not be the luxury of figuring things out as you go along. Honduras cannot afford another president who wings it.