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Exiled Zelaya Sees No Honduras Reform

Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:07 AM

MEXICO CITY — At the end of his first week in exile, former President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras said that his newly inaugurated successor had done nothing to remove those who carried out the coup that overthrew him in June.

Speaking by phone from Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, Mr. Zelaya said that the new president, Porfirio Lobo, had shown only gestures of good will so far. “Legitimacy is a path, it is a process,” he said. “It is not a whim.”

Mr. Lobo took office on Jan. 27, facing the immediate challenge of convincing much of the world that his election, which took place under the de facto government that had ousted Mr. Zelaya, was legitimate.

In one of his first acts as president, he escorted Mr. Zelaya out of the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, where Mr. Zelaya had lived as a virtual prisoner for four months under threat of arrest.

But Mr. Zelaya said that Mr. Lobo needed to go much further, noting that many of the members of the military, judicial and political establishment who backed his ouster were still in place.

He cannot return to Honduras because he faces corruption charges there, accusations that he argues were manipulated by judges.

But Mr. Lobo is likely to be less concerned with Mr. Zelaya’s opinions than with earning recognition from other nations, many of which condemned the coup and cut off aid.

Only the United States, Taiwan and a handful of Latin American countries have formally recognized the new government. Other countries have indicated that they may but have yet to act.

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