Mexico denies receiving Zelaya's request for asylum

15:09, January 29, 2010      

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The Mexican government denied Thursday that former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya had requested for residency in the country.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Zelaya had so far not presented any official request for asylum in Mexico.

Zelaya left on Wednesday the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, where he had taken refuge since Sept. 21, 2009, and arrived in the Dominican Republic accompanied by his family and aides. .

Last week, Zelaya's close friend Cesar Ham said that after staying a couple of weeks in the Dominican Republic, Zelaya would go to live in Mexico.

Zelaya was ousted on June 28, 2009 and exiled to Costa Rica. Since then he attempted for several times to return to his country, till he finally succeeded on Sept. 21.

After Porfirio Lobo was sworn in as president of Honduras on Wednesday, he offered Zelaya a safe passage to leave the country, ending the seven-month political crisis over Zelaya's reinstatement..

Source: Xinhua
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