Amid Protests, Honduran Congress Names New Prez

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2009 3:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Honduran Congress has named its leader to replace President Manuel Zelaya following his military ouster and forced exile in Costa Rica. A resolution read on the floor of Congress today accuses Zelaya of "manifest irregular conduct" and "putting in present danger the state of law," a reference to his refusal to obey a Supreme Court ruling against holding a constitutional referendum.

By a show of hands, the Congress voted to remove Zelaya, and appointed congressional President Roberto Micheletti as the new chief executive, as is mandated by the constitution. Congress earlier had approved a supposed letter of resignation from Zelaya, but Zelaya said the document was false.