Honduras Considers Early Election

Interim gov't may hold Zelaya-free election in effort to end political crisis
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2009 2:36 AM CDT
Thousands march against the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya in downtown San Pedro Sula, Honduras, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Diario La Prensa de San Pedro Sula)
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(Newser) – The interim government installed by the military coup in Honduras is considering holding an early election to defuse the country's political crisis, Reuters reports. Roberto Michelletti, who heads up the caretaker government, says he is "in total agreement" with moving forward November's presidential election, in which ousted president Manuel Zelaya will not be allowed to stand.

Michelletti says holding a referendum on whether Zelaya can return to serve the final months of his term as president is also an option, but it will be "difficult" to do so immediately. Pro and anti-Zelaya demonstrations continue to rock the country. Zelaya has vowed to return to Honduras tomorrow, and the Organization of American States has told the country it will be suspended if he is not reinstated as leader.