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US Revokes Visa for Interim President of Honduras

By VOA News
12 September 2009

The interim president of Honduras says the United States has revoked his visa in an attempt to help restore ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Interim President Roberto Micheletti told Radio HRN, a Honduran radio station, Saturday he is not bothered by the decision, calling it an example of the pressure the U.S. is trying to exert on the country.

The Central American nation's current administration contends Mr. Zelaya was legally removed from office because he violated a Supreme Court decision ordering him to stop trying to change the constitution to ensure his continued hold on power. But the U.S. State Department has said Mr. Zelaya's ouster was not legal.

The U.S. has also criticized the interim Honduran government for refusing to accept a Costa Rican-brokered plan that would reinstate Mr. Zelaya.

Earlier this week the U.S. cut off $11 million in aid to Honduras for two transportation projects. Another $4 million in aid for another road project is also being put on hold.

U.S. officials say restoration of any of the terminated aid funds will depend on Honduras' return to democratic, constitutional governance.

The interim government has scheduled elections for November, but U.S. officials say that, based on current conditions, Washington will not recognize the results. The U.S. State Department says a vote in Honduras must be conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner.

Interim president Micheletti says the election will take place even if other countries do not recognize the result.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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