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Honduran leader sent into exile; COUP.

HONDURAS President Manuel Zelaya was arrested by more than a dozen soldiers before dawn yesterday.

In the Central American republic's third coup in 50 years, Zelaya has been exiled to Costa Rica.

He was detained just before voting was to begin on a referendum he insisted on even though the Supreme Court ruled it illegal.

It would have allowed him to seek a third term.

Hundreds of soldiers surrounding the presidential palace in the centre of the capital, Tegucigalpa, were stoned by Zelaya supporters.

The constitution mandates the Congress head as next in line to the presidency, followed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 29, 2009
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