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2009 Coup in Honduras


About 2009 Coup in Honduras

Honduras President Manuel Zelaya was expelled on June 28, 2009 after troups took control. The Parliamentary Speaker Roberto Micheletti has become interim leader. He was named as the President of the Congress. On June 29, 2009, US President Barack Obama condemned the overthrowing. A nation wide curfew was in force and on July 2, 2009, Micheletti said the country will go for national elections as per schedule in November 2009.

Suspension from OSA

With diplomatic efforts failing, the Organization of American States (OSA) took a rare decision to suspend Honduras on Saturday July 4, 2009 night in its emergency Extraordinary General Assembly held at the OSA Headquarters in Washington in which 33 of the 34 members supported the decision to suspend.

Return of Zelaya

Deposed President Zelaya announced will return from Washington to Tegucigalpa on Sunday noon. A huge gathering of supporters are expected to receive him at the airport. It is still unclear if Zelaya will return alone or will be accompanied by OSA leaders or others. President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez said that OSA will be accompanying Zelaya. It is later revealed that United Nations General Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto will accompany ousted President Manuel Zelaya to Honduras according to Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.

Roberto Micheletti, in an interview to CNN from Tegucigalpa said that Manuel Zelaya will be arrested if he returned to the country. He said there are serveral arrest warrants on Zelaya for showing 'disrespect for the law'. Micheletti appears to be confident of Honduras going forward even without the OSA.

Venezuelan President, Hugo Chávez speaking at an interview on July 3, 2009 said it suspended oil shipment to Honduras.

Denial of landing

The Honduras Army denied permission to Zelaya to land at the Tegucigalpa's airport on Sunday, July 5, 2009 evening by placing a military aircraft and trucks on the runway prohibiting the landing. Tegucigalpa is the capital of Honduras. With landing appearing to be impossible Zelaya headed to El Salvador to discuss his next move with other Latin American leaders. Crowds are seen cheering when Zelaya's plane made circles at the airport. A tense standoff between Zelaya supporters and Government troups is reported. Few Zelaya supporters are reported to be shot. Police used tear gas and live rounds at the agitating crowds. Red Cross confirmed about 30 people are injured in the incident.

On July 6, 2009, Zelaya announced in Nicaragua that he will be heading to Washington to meet Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile a delegation with lawmakers and supporters of the new Honduras Government are also heading to Washington to present their case.

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