The U.S. Embassy in Honduras said Saturday that it would not comment on the current conflict.
Following the Supreme Court's ruling in October shooting down Lobo's plan to build private cities as a means of attracting investment and economic development, the current power struggle publicly is over the police reform, but Honduras seems to have reached a new point of ungovernability.
In addition to Lobo's standoff with federal judges, the government can't pay its workers and has requested a $100 million loan from the Honduran Central Bank. Party elections held last month to select the 2013 presidential candidates still have not yielded results. There have been widespread accusations of fraud in the votes, and the electoral court says it can't issue results because it can't pay its workers due to the national financial crisis.
Honduras has failed to fix the structural problems that led to Zelaya's ouster, said former Guatemalan Vice President Eduardo Stein, who led an international truth commission that issued a July 2011 report saying both sides in the coup broke the law.
"The recommendation of the truth commission specifically touched on the lack of proper mechanisms to solve or arbitrate conflicts among the powers of the state," Stein said. "Unfortunately the congress did not tackle those issues."
Honduras' federal judges have long been closely tied with the business elite.
In one of its fact-finding missions, the truth commission found businessmen who referred to federal judges as "my judge, as in 'I put him there,'" said Stein, who was in Honduras last month and said he sensed a major conflict brewing. "The Supreme Court was appointed by the very structures that have controlled Honduran politics for years."
Many played down the possibility of a coup.
"I don't expect anything to happen. The people will not allow it," said Juan Orlando Hernandez, president of the congress.
Associated Press writer Katherine Corcoran in Mexico City contributed to this report.