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President Zelaya detained by army ahead of vote on constitution

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-28

EU foreign ministers condemned what they called the "military coup" against President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras. Zelaya was arrested by army troops ahead of a controversial constitutional referendum on whether to allow him to run for re-election.

Reuters - Honduran soldiers detained leftist President Manuel Zelaya on Sunday in a constitutional crisis over his attempt to win re-election, government officials said.

 

Troops took Zelaya, an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, from his residence to an unknown location, Eduardo Reina, the president's private secretary, told Reuters.

 

Another government official said there were reports Zelaya had been taken to an air base. The president fired the armed forces chief of staff last week for refusing to help him organize an unofficial referendum on Sunday on extending his term limit of four years.

 

 

Date created : 2009-06-28