TEGUCIGALPA, July 5: Coup leaders in Honduras vowed on Sunday they would prevent a plane carrying deposed President Manuel Zelaya from landing, thwarting his attempt to reclaim the presidency one week after his ouster.
Amid growing tension in anticipation of Zelaya’s expected arrival, soldiers surrounded the capital’s main airport, where airlines had suspended flights, while thousands of his supporters prepared to gather there.
The Organisation of American States suspended the Central American country late Saturday, in the first such move since the exclusion of Cuba in 1962, for failing to reinstate Zelaya. Thirty-three out of 34 members of the OAS voted in favour of suspending Honduras in an extraordinary late night session.
“The de facto authorities in Tegucigalpa are not disposed to restore Zelaya,” OAS chief Jose Miguel Insulza told the assembly.
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