Honduran President Exiled From Country

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The president of Honduras has been ousted and forced from the country by his own military.                   
   
The move came before Honduran president Manuel Zelaya  attempted to stay in power beyond one term.

The South American leader was arrested by more than a dozen troops at his residence on Sunday and flown to Costa Rica.  He called the action a military coup.

Zelaya was detained by army troops shortly before he was to hold a controversial referendum that would have amended the country's constitution that would have allowed him to run for another term.

The Honduran congress opposed the measure and the country's supreme court had ruled that referendum was illegal, but Zelaya was proceeding with the vote anyway. 

Zelaya said he is still Honduras' president and he urged citizens to take to the streets in peaceful protests.

"I am president of the people of Honduras," he said.  "Only the people of Honduras can remove me or put me back in, not a group of gorillas.  They are not the ones that are going to take away my moral power to represent the people of Honduras."

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the action by the Honduran military.

President Obama released a statement which stated that he was deeply concerned -- and that any existing tensions and disputes must be resolved peacefully through dialogue free from any outside interference.

Meanwhile, the Honduran congress has sworn in a provisional president. 

 

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