President of Honduras ousted by military

Zelaya's plan, which would have allowed him to rewrite the constitution, prompted arrest

In what some are describing as the first military coup in Central America since the cold war, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was ousted on Sunday and flown into exile in Costa Rica. Zelaya had been planning a referendum that critics say would have allowed him to rewrite the constitution and run for re-election—there is a one-term limit for presidents. The Supreme Court and Congress had declared the referendum unconstitutional. Though Zelaya has the backing of the poor and the unions, others feared he was trying to install a Hugo Chavez-like regime in Honduras.

New York Times

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