Monday, September 21, 2009

Ousted president Zelaya returns to Honduras

In a dramatic development today, ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya secretly made his way back into Honduras where he could be found today at the embassy of Brazil. The Honduran government has demanded that Brazil turn him over since there were orders to arrest Zelaya if he ever came back into the country. Al Jazeera English network has a good video report of the day's events:

The ousted Honduran president has returned to his country nearly three months after being forced from power and into exile by a military-backed coup.

Manuel Zelaya took refuge at the Brazilian embassy in the capital, Tegucigalpa, on Monday, prompting Roberto Micheletti, the man who replaced him, to declare an overnight curfew and demand that Brazil hand him over.

Thousands of Zelaya supporters gathered outside the embassy as helicopters flew overhead and a small group of police stood nearby.

The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, called for dialogue between Zelaya and the de facto government and urged everyone to "act in a peaceful way to try to find some common ground".



El Salvador's president Mauricio Funes has confirmed that Zelaya stopped in El Salvador on his way towards a return to Honduras.

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