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President seeks new constitution

March 25, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is calling for a revamped constitution, following the path of his leftist allies in the region.

Zelaya announced a nationwide poll on June 24 to gauge whether Honduras should hold a binding vote on whether to draft a new charter.

The current constitution was adopted in 1982 as Honduras was emerging from military rule.

Zelaya did not specify the changes a new constitution might include, but reforms promoted by other Latin American leaders have expanded presidential powers and eased bans on reelection.

Zelaya's four-year term ends in early 2010, and current law bans reelection.

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