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'We the people are glad he is not in power'

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in the capital Tegucigapla on 27 June 2009
Mr Zelaya wanted a referendum so he could seek a second term

A new president has been sworn into office in Honduras, hours after the ousting of President Manuel Zelaya.

Congress speaker Roberto Micheletti will serve as interim president until polls are held, Congress said.

The removal of Mr Zelaya by the army came amid a power struggle over his plans for constitutional change.

BBC News website readers in Honduras have been telling us their views.


We are part of the resistance generated here in Honduras after the coup perpetrated by the congress on our democratically-elected president. This is a slap in the face for our democracy and a slap in the face to all the countries in the community.
Arroz, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

The event this morning should be taken as an arrest against a Honduran citizen, Manuel Zelaya, who broke the constitutional Honduran law in multiple occasions over the last few days. This SHOULD NOT be taken as a coup d'état. The vast majority of Hondurans firmly oppose Manuel Zelaya and are in favour of his arrest. The events happening today were caused by an attempt by Manuel Zelaya to manipulate our country and its constitution to fulfil his ultimate goal of remaining in power indefinitely.
Daniella Pineda, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

I live in San Pedro Sula in Honduras, the second biggest city of Honduras. There is no military action around here, things are running smoothly. If it was a resignation or a coup, good thing Mr Zelaya is no longer in power since he was doing everything illegally and trying to stay in power. Thank God that he is no longer here. Now we may be in peace.
Kennya, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

I am writing from Honduras to inform all foreign Honduran residents abroad that everything is calm and normal. The overall emotion is of joy, and we are proud that we have stood up to a leftist. This was not a coup d'etat as some media reports, it was done following the laws of our constitution. I do hope that the international community stops calling this act a coup, because it was not, and the militaries are taking order from the judicial branch, no on their own.
Katherine, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

In San Pedro Sula there is no military presence, most of the streets are calm and with few people. Business are running as normal, some have experience electrical shortages but in general the city is calm. Police have maintain their normal functions. Only Tegucigalpa, has experience some military presence, but only in some streets.
Marco Nunez, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

I am a Honduran and although I don't approve a "coup", Zelaya violated Honduran laws and acted as a dictator (with Hugo Chavez being his "mentor"), so we the people are glad he is not in power anymore. The Congress already restored Constitutional normality and the military have all the approval from the people. Is not just four or five persons that are against Zelaya (as he said), it is the majority of Hondurans.
Jorge Suazo, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

My name is Kenneth Bustillo, a Honduran, living in Tegucigalpa, capital of the country, there no military movement of serious concern, ex-president Zelaya violated the constitution of the country, his primary goal was to continue in power breaking all the laws stated by the judiciary branch, the majority of the people are happy and relieved of this burden called Manuel Zelaya.
Kenneth, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

I am Honduran, and it is quite confusing to understand why today's events have received an "international condemnation". 80% of Hondurans support the so called "coup". Zelaya's supporters belong to a communist party that admires Hugo Chavez. Zelaya's own party "Partido Liberal" turned its back on him after he sold out to Hugo Chavez. This was not a coup. It was the only way Honduras could try to stop an unwanted dictator to turn the country communist. Please help us communicate this to the international community. Chavez continues to threaten us with his military. We need some sort of intervention not condemnation!
Laura Eyl, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

No military movement has been observed here in the city, just a few planes where observed flying in the morning. Here the great majority of people are happy to see that Mel Zelaya is no longer our president, because he created a terror environment in which we all feared loosing our rights with his plans of handing out our country to Chavez, who has been the greatest sponsor of the poll that Mel pretended to have today, without the approval of congress and the national election authorities. With the only objective of him staying as a dictator. Do not condemn us to a socialist government reinstating Mel Zelaya.
Estrella, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

I am sad for what has happened in my country, but I am afraid that this all has been a necessary action. I am an 19-year-old student that has no tie whatsoever to political ties. I have been witness to many things happening in my country and many evidences of ex-president Manuel Zelaya of clear disrespect to the laws of my country with the sole purpose of extending his mandate and changing the constitution and the democratic system. I feel the need for the international press to know this and listen the voice of the population. What has happened today is not a "plot by a voracious elite" like ex-president argued, it is the inevitable consequences to the constitutional infringement that this person has done in our country.
Carlos Rivera, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

President Zelaya did not respect the Honduran Constitution, Congress, Hondurans or the Supreme Court. He was imposing his views, he was warned of the illegality and unconstitutionality of his acts. His dismissal is a fair one.
Alma Garcia, Olancho, Honduras

Here in Santa Rosa de Copan there is an atmosphere of festivity following the military removal of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya this morning. Citizens here strongly oppose Zelaya and are asking one another "What took the Armed Forces so long?" The only anger I saw was in a coffee shop where Hondurans expressed indignation at what they perceived as pro-Zelaya bias in international news reporting.
Warren Post, Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras



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