Ousted Honduran president has no immediate plans to return home: wife

20:31, April 28, 2010      

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Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya will not return to the Central American country for the time being, his wife said Tuesday in Tegucigalpa.

There has been no significant improvement in Honduras' situation since the coup and many officials from the judicial and interior ministries who were involved in the coup are still working in the same positions, Xiomara de Zelaya said.

In the absence of effective guarantees, she added, Zelaya has no immediate plans to return to Honduras.

Xiomara was back in Honduras on Sunday to handle some real estate affairs for the Zelaya family. She will also attend a demonstration by Zelaya supporters.

Zelaya was ousted in a coup late last June which was strongly condemned by the international community that had been demanding Zelaya's restoration to power.

In late September 2009, Zelaya returned to Honduras and stayed in the Brazilian embassy.

However, the Honduran congress voted against the reinstatement of Zelaya, as Porfirio Lobo won the presidential election on Nov. 29.

After Lobo was sworn in in January, Zelaya and his family were allowed to leave for Dominica.

On March 18, Lobo said Zelaya could return to his country at anytime.



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