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Micheletti Out, Aviles In and President Zelaya Can Return in 2010 to Face Criminal Charges?

August 30, 2009

Radio America, home of the G. Gordon Liddy program, is the “source” for this report.

Honduras interim govt proposes new leader: report

(AFP) – 10 hours ago

TEGUCIGALPA — Honduras’ interim leader Roberto Micheletti has proposed that a third leader take over in a bid to solve the crisis that has crippled the country since a coup two months ago, local media reported.

The solution suggested by Michelleti, whose de facto government is not recognized by the international community since the June ouster of President Manuel Zelaya, said Zelaya should return to the country next year to face a trial for constitutional crimes, said Radio America here.

The proposal also provides amnesty for Congress and other officials for their involvement in the coup, the radio said, quoting official documents.

According to reports, the third man would be Supreme Court President Jorge Rivera Aviles, who supported the coup.

Zelaya has maintained that any proposal to solve the political crisis in the country, that would be acceptable to him and the international community, should include his return to the presidency.

Thousands of Zelaya supporters took to the streets of the Honduran capital on Friday as US pressure intensified on the defiant interim leaders behind the coup exactly two months ago.

The Organization of American States (OAS), which suspended Honduras in July, has said it will not recognize the result of the November 29 elections for a new president, lawmakers and almost 300 mayors.

Foreign ministers from seven nations and the head of the OAS last week returned empty-handed from Honduras after failing to persuade Micheletti to step aside.

The US State Department now says it is ready to take more measures after halting most visa services in Honduras, revoking visas for the interim regime and suspending 35 million dollars in military aid.

International pressure and increasing frustration in the polarized nation provided a backdrop to the electoral campaign.

Micheletti’s supporters claim the vote is legitimate because it was called by the country’s electoral body on May 29, one month before the coup.

The United States piled pressure Thursday on the coup leaders after they rejected a settlement — including the return of Zelaya and early elections — with plans in the works to cut off nearly 150 million dollars in US assistance.

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