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Troops arrest Honduran President Zelaya: aide

AFP WITH STAFF WRITER , TEGUCIGALPA

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was arrested yesterday by troops ahead of a controversial constitutional referendum, a top government aide said.

“Troops have taken the president from his home to the air force [base],” said Enrique Reina, the president’s personal secretary.

Elected for a non-renewable four-year term in 2006, Zelaya had planned a vote yesterday asking Hondurans to sanction a future referendum to allow him to run for re-election.

The referendum was ruled illegal by the country’s top court and was opposed by the military. Commanders refused to distribute ballot boxes for yesterday’s vote.

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is scheduled to start a visit to Central America, including Honduras, today. When contacted for comment last night, the Presidential Office said that Ma’s plans remained unchanged.

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was arrested yesterday by troops ahead of a controversial constitutional referendum, a top government aide said.

“Troops have taken the president from his home to the air force [base],” said Enrique Reina, the president’s personal secretary.

Elected for a non-renewable four-year term in 2006, Zelaya had planned a vote yesterday asking Hondurans to sanction a future referendum to allow him to run for re-election.

The referendum was ruled illegal by the country’s top court and was opposed by the military. Commanders refused to distribute ballot boxes for yesterday’s vote.

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is scheduled to start a visit to Central America, including Honduras, today. When contacted for comment last night, the Presidential Office said that Ma’s plans remained unchanged.

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