Saturday 25 November 2017

Hondurans cheer as exiled leader returns

Ian Hunter in Tegucigalpa

Former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya returned from exile to a boisterous welcome from his supporters, ending a nearly two-year political crisis that started when the country's military deposed him in an internationally condemned coup.

The Venezuelan-owned plane carrying the 59-year-old ex-president took off from neighbouring Nicaragua and landed at Tegucigalpa's international airport, where thousands of Zelaya supporters had set up camp nearby, dancing and singing to celebrate his arrival.

Mr Zelaya's comeback paves the way for Honduras to re-enter the world community, which near unanimously rejected the June 2009 coup that saw him whisked out of the country at gunpoint in his pyjamas.

Colombia and Venezuela helped negotiate his return.

Irish Independent

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