The exiled President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, says he hopes to be back in the country by Thursday.
It comes after several Latin American leaders, including Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, agreed to withdraw their envoys. Zelaya was overthrown on Sunday after he angered the judiciary, Congress and the Army with his bid to extend presidential terms. “My term ends next year, not this year. I have the moral authority, the support of the international community, all the dreams and hopes of humanity and the support of the Honduran people to return and reclaim my post,” he said in a statement. Street protests in the Honduran capital have also turned violent with at least one person being killed and several injured. In Washington, President Barack Obama said returning to the days of military coups was not an option: “We believe that the coup was not legal. I think it would be a terrible precedent if we start moving backwards into the era in which we are seeing military coups as a means of political transition, rather than democratic elections.” Obama’s condemnation of the coup has put him in the same camp as Chavez, who is often at odds with Washington over policy.