Honduras' Ousted Prez Vows to Return This Weekend

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2009 9:36 PM CDT
A man is detained by soldiers during a protest of supporters of ousted Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya in San Pedro Sula, Thursday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Honduras' dicey political situation could come to a head this weekend. Ousted President Manuel Zelaya tells Bloomberg he will return to the country in the next few days, and he expects US support when he does. “Their words are strong,” he said. “We’re going to see now if their actions are strong.”

The military sent Zelaya packing in his nightshirt last week, accusing him of trying to subvert the constitution to remain in power longer. President Obama has denounced the coup, but Sen. Jim DeMint of SC became the latest conservative to come out in support of it today, notes the Huffington Post. He likened Zelaya to a "Chavez-style dictator" and criticized Obama for coddling "despots."