Honduras' Zelaya criticizes countries supporting elections

12:33, December 05, 2009      

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Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Friday blasted the countries that supported Sunday's general elections in Honduras, saying their approval had "bleached" the coup against him.

In a letter to leaders of other American countries, Zelaya also condemned President-elect Porfirio Lobo for giving validity to the coup.

In the letter read by Radio Globo, Zelaya condemned the governments "which followed the suggestions of the United States to bleach the coup by supporting an illegitimate electoral process."

Zelaya, who was deposed in a June 28 coup d'etat, also said the Honduran Congress session on Wednesday "was a shame for the country."

The Congress voted 111-14 to reject Zelaya's symbolic return. Zelaya's term of office ends in January.

The president-elect is expected to take over power from the interim leader on Jan. 27 for a four-year term.

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