Honduras President Mel Zelaya Kidnapped in Military Coup
Updated V: Roberto Micheletti took oath as the new Head of State of Honduras amid international and regional condemnation of the coup this morning that ousted President Manuel Zelaya and forced him into exile at Costa Rica. During his inaugural speech, Micheletti promise to "observe the constitution" and include the voice of excluded Hondurans into the government. Dictator Michetti thanked ther local Catholic Church authorities and former presidents for their support. The UN General Assembly is expected to meet tomorrow to condemn the coup. honduras legitimate Foreing Minister Patricia Rodas continues to be missing. There is concern over her fate.
In a TV intervention, the President of the National Congress,Roberto Micheletti, read a letter that stated President Zelaya had quitted his post. However, President Manuel Zelaya immediatly responded by CNN stated such letter was fake and he had not resigned to the presidency. UN issued a press statement to reject the military led coup.
Early this afternoon and cladded with a pijama, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya gave an international press conference from Costa Rica. He then confimed he was still the democratically elected Head of State of his country. Ousted President Zelaya called upon his fellow nationals to press the plotters by peaceful means and civil disobedence. In addition, Zelaya informed he would be attending a regional meeting as Honduran President tomorrow at Nicaragua. Regional coordination in expected to reject the coup in Honduras.Honduran Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Patricia Rodas, was taken hostages. Venezuelan, Nicaraguan and Cuban Ambassadors were hurt when Minister Rodas was forcibly taken from her house and held captive at a military instalation. Congress is gathering to declare President Zelaya as incompetent to hold the post. A curfew is expected to be declared shortly in Honduras.
OAS has agreed to act swiftly on the current crisis. Honduran President, Manuel Zelaya has been taken to Costa Rica. During a telephone conversation with Telesur at 11:10 (VLT), President Zelaya spoke from San Jose Airport in Costa Rica. Ousted Zelaya explained how he was kidnapped and betrayed by military forces. Then he was taken as a hostage to Costa Rica on a military plane. He also explained his current status in Costa Rica was as guest and not as a political refugee. Zelaya who was still wearing his pijamas asked the US Obama administration to express its view over the coup against his goverment. Without US backing, this coup woul not take root, Zelaya added. An international press conference is expected soon. In Honduras, the President of the National Congress,Roberto Micheletti, declared himself as povisional Head of State until general election were held by November 2009. Such political move does not count with a legal backing in the current Honduran Constitution.
Caracas, Venezuela, 28 June 2009. The democratically elected President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, has been abducted by the local Air Force from the government Palace at Tegucigalpa early this morning. The kidnapping took place on the very same day Honudurans would vote over a referendum call for a Constituent Assembly. Such political initiative caused opposition at some conservative cadress and the destitution of the Chief of the Honduran Army Romeo Vásquez Velásquez. The ongoing coup has been fueled by military sectors that opposed the attempt to change presidential terms by a Constittutional reform. Zelaya was initially supported by conservatives but then rejected once his government followed a left leaning agenda and established close ties with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and joined ALBA. Pro government supporters of President Manuel Zelaya have been protesting at the presidential palace and confronted military personnel. Power supply has been disrupted. Radio Station are unable to broadcast on the current crisis. Opposition led Honduran channel 11 has been broadcasting cartoons instead of reporting on the coup. The local governmental TV station - Channel 8 -has halted its transmission. Very few private stations are reoporting on the ongoing coup. Only two days ago, OAS had expressed concern over ottempts to ovewrthorow the democratically elected government in Honduras. During a Telesur interview with Hector Zelaya, son of the ousted President, unconfirmed information suggested the Head of State was taken out of the country. It is believed Zelaya is at Costa Rica or Guatemala. All other Minister- except Honduran Foreing Secretay Patricia Rodas- had been abducted too.Local reaction has followed the ongoing coup. Bolivian President Evo Morales and Venezuelan Head of State, Hugo Chavez, comdemned the coup. Chavez called on current US administration to reject the cout. Venezuelan President also pointed out this event was similar to them CIA led attept to overthrow his government in 2002. Chavez stated that not all members of the Honduran Army backed the ongoing coup. Military planes overflight Honduran capital city, Tegucigalpa.
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