Zelaya says Honduran Congress has no intention to reinstate him

13:37, November 19, 2009      

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Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya affirmed Wednesday that the Honduran Congress does not have the intention to reinstate him as president.

Zelaya said he would wait for the outcome of the Nov. 29 elections to find out which political party would be in the lead and could tip the balance in his favor.

"The National Congress can discuss what it considers necessary, and they did not do it now because the intention of the National Congress is not to support the restitution -- at least a large part of the deputies, not all of them," Zelaya told local media Radio Globo.

The Honduran Congress on Tuesday summoned the deputies to meet on Dec. 2, three days after the elections, to decide whether Zelaya would be restored to the presidency.

"Nobody has the right to remove the right of voting from the Honduran people and their right to choose their leaders," U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Craig Kelly said while wrapping up his two-day visit to Honduras on Wednesday.

During an interview with Mexican media MVS, Zelaya expressed his regret that the Honduran presidential candidates have attached so little importance to the coup carried out against him on June 28.

Zelaya said the main Honduran political parties had not voiced any opinion about the coup. "It is as if the coup had been on Mars," he said.

Source: Xinhua
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