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Delay in decision on ousted leader

November 18, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Honduran lawmakers will not decide whether to restore ousted President Manuel Zelaya until after the upcoming presidential election, the congressional leader said.

Congress will meet Dec. 2, after the Nov. 29 election, to decide whether Zelaya should be returned to the presidency to finish his constitutional term, which ends in January, congressional President Jose Alfredo Saavedra told the local radio station HRN.

Several Latin American countries have said they will not recognize the election outcome unless Zelaya is restored beforehand.

Zelaya, who was deposed in a June 28 coup and deported, sneaked back into the country in September.

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