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Possible Coup D'etat as Honduran President Arrested - The Wolf Star - 06-28-2009 03:39 PM

Possible Coup D'etat as Honduran President Arrested
Raw Story June 28, 2009



Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was arrested Sunday by troops who surrounded his home ahead of a controversial constitutional referendum, a top government aide said.

“Troops have taken the president from his home to the air force (base),” the president’s personal secretary, Enrique Reina, told reporters.

Elected in 2006 for a non-renewable four-year term, Zelaya had planned a vote Sunday asking Hondurans to sanction a future referendum to allow him to run for reelection.


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The referendum has been ruled illegal by the country’s top court and had been opposed by the military.

BBC News is reporting that Zelaya had told a Spanish newspaper that there had been a coup plotted against him, but it failed because the US refused to back it.

Zelaya is a leftist leader with ties to Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

The BBC also says that Zelaya had recently fired the head of the Honduran armed forces, Gen. Romero Vasquez, because he refused to help organize the referendum.

With AFP


Source: Raw Story


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