President Zelaya Back In Honduras, Reuters Says

"Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has returned to Honduras almost three months after he was ousted in a coup," Reuters reports, "despite warnings he would be arrested, a senior aide said Monday. Zelaya was in a U.N. building in the capital Tegucigalpa Monday, aide Eduardo Reina told Venezuela's Telesur television network."

Zelaya's forced removal led the U.S. to cut off aid to the Honduran government. As the Associated Press notes:

Zelaya was deposed and exiled on June 28 amid suspicions among his opponents that he wanted to overturn a constitutional provision limiting Honduran presidents to a single term. He has denied that was his goal.

Update at 1:45 p.m. ET: Reuters now adds that "Roberto Micheletti, a bitter rival of Zelaya who has run Honduras since the June 28 coup, denied that the president had returned, saying he was still in exile in neighboring Nicaragua." The Associated Press, though, says that Zelaya told local TV Channel 36, "I cannot give details, but I'm here."

And, AP reports that "Elisabeth Sierra, a spokeswoman for the Honduran Embassy in Nicaragua, where Zelaya had been exiled, said the ousted president returned to his country Monday and was at U.N. offices in Tegucigalpa."



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