July 1, 2009

Anatomy of a coup: Honduran's ouster months in the making

Deposed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya says all he wanted was to conduct a public opinion poll — even though the supreme court had ruled it illegal, the attorney general threatened to arrest him, and he faced mutiny in the armed forces. Zelaya's defiant insistence on asking voters whether they were interested in amending the country's constitution ended at dawn Sunday, when hooded soldiers roused the president out of bed, pointed rifles at his chest and flew him to Costa Rica. The brazen overthrow of the leftist firebrand capped a political crisis that experts say began months ago and heated up every day last week amid a flurry of court orders, dismissals, resignations and protests.

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