Micheletti defiant over elections, ‘recognized or not’

Honduran caretaker leader Roberto Micheletti told a group of visiting regional foreign ministers that his government would go ahead with presidential polls in November following the June ouster of President Manuel Zelaya.


REUTERS - The de facto government in power in Honduras since a June military coup vowed on Tuesday to stick to a plan to hold a presidential election in November, even if other countries don't recognize the result.


Honduras has so far resisted pressure from governments and international bodies across the western hemisphere to reinstate President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a military coup on June 28.

"There will be elections whether they are recognized or not," the country's caretaker leader Roberto Micheletti told foreign ministers from the region on a visit with Organization of American States chief Jose Miguel Insulza.

Micheletti said his country could survive any economic sanctions imposed over his refusal to allow Zelaya's return.

"We are not afraid of anyone's embargo," Micheletti told the ministers. "This country can get by without your support."

The OAS delegation was visiting to try and persuade the interim government into accepting a deal that would let Zelaya back into power until elections can be held in November.

The delegation included the foreign ministers of Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic.

The United States, which has frozen some military aid to Honduras in the wake of the coup, said on Tuesday it would temporarily stop issuing many visas in Honduras, adding pressure on the government to step down.


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