America, Europe and the United Nations have led widespread denunciation of a coup in Honduras, which saw the leftist President arrested by the army and thrown out of the country.
Soon after, Roberto Micheletti was sworn-in as interim President, and the Supreme Court admitted it had authorised Central America’s first coup since the Cold War.
He said: “I simply want to say that this succession is in line with the constitution. And I believe that no-one, not Barack Obama nor Hugo Chavez, has the right to threaten Honduras.”
The Venezuelan leader condemned the coup, which saw his left-wing ally Manuel Zelaya whisked away by military plane to Costa Rica.
From there, he insisted he was still the legitimate President, and said he had been kidnapped by his own soldiers.
He said: “I am President of the people of Honduras: only the people of Honduras can remove me, not a group of thugs. They are not the ones who are going to take away my moral power to represent the people of Honduras.”
Zelaya had moved Honduras to the left since taking office in 2006. He then annoyed the traditionally conservative judiciary, army and rich elite by proposing a referendum to allow him to seek a second term in office.