July 1, 2009 |
Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Tuesday continued to build support for his return home, but the country's de facto rulers said he'd be arrested the minute he set foot on national territory. As Zelaya addressed a supportive United Nations audience in New York, Hondurans in Tegucigalpa were demonstrating against and, in smaller numbers, in favor of the deposed leftist leader. Zelaya was flown to exile in Costa Rica early Sunday after soldiers removed him from his home. Honduran Atty.
January 28, 2006 |
Manuel Zelaya was inaugurated as Honduras' president with promises to fight corruption and help criminals and gang members become useful citizens. Zelaya, a wealthy agricultural landowner, has railed against alleged government corruption and promised to do more for Hondurans with few resources. Zelaya, 56, replaces Ricardo Maduro, who led a government crackdown that threw thousands of gang members into overcrowded jails.
July 22, 2009 |
Honduras' interim government ordered Venezuelan diplomats to leave the country as the international community threatened new sanctions on the Central American nation if negotiations fail to resolve the crisis following the overthrow of the president. Venezuelan Embassy Charge d'Affaires Ariel Vargas said he received a letter from the Honduran Foreign Ministry ordering his diplomats to leave in 72 hours. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been the most vociferous critic of the government that overthrew his ally, Manuel Zelaya, on June 28. The interim government accused Venezuela of meddling in Honduran affairs and of threatening to use its armed forces against Honduras, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Associated Press.
October 15, 2009 |
Backers of the coup against Manuel Zelaya made progress Wednesday in negotiations with representatives of the ousted Honduran president, but the key point, Zelaya's reinstatement, remained unresolved. Victor Meza, negotiating on Zelaya's behalf, said delegations representing the two factions had agreed on wording regarding that sticking point. But later, the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti, who replaced Zelaya, said no agreement had been reached. "The dialogue on this point has been cordial and both sides have made important advances," said a statement from the delegation representing Micheletti, according to news reports.
December 1, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Thousands of leftists marched in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa on Sunday to protest - peacefully but vehemently - the Nov. 24 election of a conservative presidential candidate that they say was marked by fraud. The protesters, many sporting red baseball caps or waving red banners, were led by Xiomara Castro, the candidate of the left-wing Free Party, and her husband, Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted from the presidency in a 2009 coup. They appeared beside a casket containing the body of Jose Antonio Ardon, a Free Party activist who was gunned down Saturday, the Telesur TV channel reported.
July 14, 2009
De facto, interim or congressionally installed -- no matter the qualifier -- Roberto Micheletti is not the president of Honduras. Manuel Zelaya is, and like him or not, the man who was ousted in a military-civilian coup on June 28 should be returned to Tegucigalpa to finish the last months of his term. On this point, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and President Obama are agreed.