In 1838 Honduras declared itself an independent sovereign state, free from the Federation of Central America, of which it had formed a part. The present constitution became effective in 1936. Legislative power is vested in a single chamber, the Congress of Deputies, consisting of 33 members, chosen for 6 years by popular vote, in the ratio of one per 25,000 inhabitants. It meets for 60 days (may be extended to 100 days) on 5 December each year. A Permanent Commission of 5 members sits whilst Congress is not in session for the transaction of routine or emergency business. The President is elected by popular vote, usually for 4 years, holding office from 1 January. In March, 1937, the Congress of Deputies extended its own term to 4 December, 1942, and subsequently to 1949.
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Books of Reference
Books of Reference concerning Honduras: 1. Official Publications
- The official gazette is La Gaceta.Google Scholar
- The President’s Annual Message to Congress.Google Scholar
- Department of Orerseas Trade Reports. Annual Series. London.Google Scholar
- Cuestión de limites entre Honduras y Guatemala. Ventilada ante el Gobierno Mediador de los Estados Unidos de América. Vol. 3. New York, 1918.Google Scholar
2. Non-Official Publications
- Quinones (A. B.), Geografia e Historia de Honduras. Choluteca, 1927.Google Scholar
- Reyna (G. B.), Honduras. Tegucigalpa, 1930.Google Scholar
- Rivas (Pedro), Geographical, Historical and Etymological Dictionary of Honduras. Tegucigalpa, 1919.Google Scholar
- Von Hogen (V. W.), Jungle in the Clouds. London, 1945.Google Scholar
- Wilson (0. M.), Central America. New York, 1941.Google Scholar