Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Honduran interim leader promises polls in November


Honduran interim leader promises polls in NovemberHonduras Crisis : Soldiers ousted the democratically elected president
MOSCOW, June 29 (RIA Novosti) - Honduran interim president Roberto Micheletti promised on Monday that presidential polls would go ahead as scheduled on November 29, a Venezuelan paper said.
"I promise to be faithful to the republic...There will be elections on November 29," he was quoted as saying by the paper.
Parliamentary speaker Micheletti took power in the Central American state after Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya was deposed in a coup.
Honduran military arrested Zelaya on Sunday morning, the same day polls were due to open for a referendum on the extension of his non-renewable, four-year term of office.
The country`s Supreme Court had ruled the referendum illegal. The president was arrested at his residence and transported aboard a military plane to Costa Rica in what was Central America`s first coup since the end of the Cold War.
Micheletti, speaking at his first press conference, also said that a 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew had been imposed for a minimum of two days to ensure security in the country.
World leaders have condemned the coup, with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging "the reinstatement of the democratically elected representatives of the country."
U.S. President Barack Obama has called on the coup leaders to "respect the rule of law."
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