Ousted Honduran President Vows Return

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Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says he'll return to his country Thursday, and plans to bring the leaders of Argentina and Ecuador with him.

Zelaya was forced into exile after soldiers stormed his palace early Sunday morning.

CBN News Senior Reporter George Thomas recently interviewed Dr. Miguel Alvarez, a native of Honduras and pastor in the Church of God,  for more perspective on the Honduran political turmoil.  Click here to watch the interview.

The U.N. General Assembly called on all U.N. member states not to recognize any government in Honduras other than Zelaya's.

Zelaya thanked the assembly for it's support and said he will return home this week to regain control, although the Honduran government says Zelaya could be arrested if he returns.

Meanwhile, police and soldiers have clashed with thousands of leftist Zelaya supporters outside Honduras' national palace in the capital of Yegucigalpa, leaving dozens injured.   

Sunday's coup provoked nearly universal condemnation from governments in the western hemisphere, including the U.S.

Opponents of Zelaya say he began the coup by defying a supreme court ruling and attempting to hold an unofficial public survey in a bid to stay in office.

"He set out to have a constitutional assembly that would rewrite the constitution and let him seek a second term this year," explained Roger Noriega of the American Enterprise Institute.

Zelaya, a wealthy rancher who has forged close ties with the radical anti-American Hugo Chavez,  managed to alienate the courts, congress, the military and even his own party during in his three years in power.

Honduras Congress Secretary Jose Alfredo Saveedra said the world is angry because it has yet to learn how Zelaya was trying subvert the constitution when he was removed.

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Dale Hurd

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