May 29 - Ex-Honduran president Manuel Zelaya is welcomed home, 16 months after being deposed in coup. Andrew Raven reports.
Thousands of Hondurans cheer the arrival of exiled former president Manuel Zelaya. His plane touched down in the the capital of Tegucigalpa Saturday - 16 months after he was deposed in a military coup. In his first address, Zelaya thanked his supporters. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FORMER PRESIDENT MANUEL ZELAYA SAYING: "Your presence here this afternoon shows the support of the international community, that the blood was not shed in vain because we're still standing, keeping our position valid. Peaceful resistance, fellows. Resistance is today the cry of victory of the return to Honduras of all the rights and guarantees of the Hondunran democracy." Zelaya was forced from power in 2009 after attempting to change Honduras' constitution. The coup turned Honduras, one of the Western Hemisphere's poorest countries, into an international pariah. But last week, the country's current president, Porfirio Lobo, signed a deal that allowed Zelaya to return. Zelaya is next expected to be formally welcome at the presidential palace. Andrew Raven, Reuters