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Zelaya opts for temporary residence in Mexico

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Ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya intends to establish a temporary residence in Mexico, but return to his home country in the future.

Ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya intends to establish a temporary residence in Mexico, but return to his home country in the future, his close supporter said.

"Zelaya plans to live temporarily in Mexico, and return to his homeland in the future," Cesar Ham, leader of the socialist Democratic Unification Party of Honduras told reporters on Friday.

Zelaya, who is expected to leave Honduras on January 27, earlier said that he would not seek political asylum in Mexico, and will leave Honduras only as the head of state.

The de facto authorities said Zelaya could leave Honduras only to seek political asylum and they would not authorize Zelaya's safe passage to Mexico unless he resigns.

Zelaya was ousted as president in a coup on June 28 and the presidency was taken over by parliament Speaker Roberto Micheletti. In September the ousted leader secretly returned to Honduras, and has been holed up in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa ever since.

Porfirio Lobo of the Honduran opposition National Party won elections in late November last year. He is to take office on January 27.

MEXICO, January 23 (RIA Novosti)

 

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