President Manuel Zelaya Vows to Return to Honduras and Reclaim the Office

Various leaders are calling for the return to power of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was exiled by a military coup last weekend after he expressed interest in changing the constitution to allow him to seek another term in office. The country’s Congress has appointed a new president, Roberto Micheletti, who is insisting that Zelaya was removed legally for violating Honduras's constitution and attempting to extend his own rule.

Zelaya told a meeting of regional leaders in Managua, Nicaragua that he planned to travel to Washington, after President Barack Obama declared that the United States still considers Zelaya to be the president of Honduras and denounced the military coup as illegal. Zelaya also plans to address the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

Obama isn’t the only one supporting Zelaya. Leaders of other friendly countries, as well as Jose Miguel Insulza, the head of the Organization of American States, have offered to accompany Zelaya back to Honduras. President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has also backed Zelaya, threatening the new regime with a military intervention. Add to that thousands of angry supporters that protested in the Honduran capital city of Tegucigalpa outside the presidential palace. Police and soldiers resorted to using tear gas in order to scatter them. It looks like Micheletti should enjoy his presidency while he can—it might be short lived.