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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Honduran Congress Appoints New President; Old President Denies Legitimacy of the Appointment

The Honduran Congress voted Sunday to strip President Jose Manuel Zelaya of his powers and named the president of the Congress, Roberto Micheletti, as provisional president.

Zelaya was removed from his residence Sunday morning by military forces who transported him to Costa Rica.

He said Sunday that he planned to continue carrying out his duties and would travel to Managua, Nicaragua, to attend a summit of Central American heads-of-state Monday.

Zelaya told CNN en EspaƱol that he denies that a letter of resignation read aloud in an emergency congressional session is his.

"Only the people can take away or give me power," Zelaya said at a press conference in Costa Rica, where Honduran military forces had transported him following Sunday morning's coup.

link: Honduran Congress names provisional president -


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