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Latino Daily News

Sunday May 29, 2011

Ousted Former President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras Returns After 16 months in Exile

Ousted Former President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras Returns After 16 months in Exile

Photo: Former President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya Returns

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With thousands of supporters weathering intense heat, ousted former President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, returned to a hero’s welcome.  Zelaya had been in exile for little more than a year in the Dominican Republic after being kicked out of office and the country by a military coup.

After the coup in June of 2009, current President Porfirio Lobo took over power and quickly silenced Zelaya’s supporters and thereby faced international outcry and sanctions.  The governments of Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela brokered a deal that would allow Zelaya to return and for Honduras to save face internationally.

The former President and current President signed an agreement allowing for Zelaya’s return and assuring him he would not face prosecution for corruption.  In turn Honduras was allowed to re-enter the powerful Organization of American States (OAS). 

Honduran reports are stating that Zelaya has already met with Lobo and other OAS officials.