Zelaya Rejects Upcoming Election in Honduras

Deposed Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya wrote a letter to President Obama stating he will not support the upcoming elections in his country, and will encourage his supporters to share his position, CNN reports.

Although Zelaya signed an agreement  with de facto President Roberto Micheletti last month—a move that was considered a major breakthrough—he is accusing the de facto government of failing to stick to the terms. He wrote in his letter to Obama that the agreement was "rendered useless because of the unilateral non-compliance of the de facto government."

The agreement contained no guarantee that Zelaya would return to power, but Micheletti said in a statement at the time, "My government has decided to support a proposal that allows a vote in the National Congress, with a previous opinion of the Supreme Court," to decide whether the ousted leader will be reinstated ahead of national elections on Nov. 29.

Instead, congress has delayed its vote on Zelaya, opting to ask for an opinion from the country's supreme court, which is yet to come.

Zelaya also told Obama that he’s upset with the United States for changing its position on the Honduran conflict. Initially, the U.S. backed Zelaya's restitution as a necessary condition for the recognition of the outcome of the Nov. 29 election. However, after the agreement was signed, U.S. officials have said that they will recognize the vote regardless of whether congress allows for Zelaya to return. "In my position as president elected by the Honduran people, I reaffirm my decision that from this date forward, no matter what, I will not accept any agreement to return to the presidency," Zelaya said in the letter. He believes any further negotiation that may return him to power would amount to helping justify the coup.

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