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When Honduras's left-wing president, Manuel Zelaya, took a page out of the Castro/Hugo Chavez playbook to violate his country's constitution and become a dictator, the country reacted in a positive way. By kicking him out.
But the Americans demanded his return. It looked bad.
But the facts on the ground gave support to the Honduran military's decision to oust the would-be dictator. Eventually he returned and a new election was held.
Well, all's well that ends well as the Bard says. I like Honduras.
Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya left his refuge in the Brazilian Embassy and flew into exile Wednesday, ending months of turmoil and his thwarted quest to be restored to power after a June 28 coup that drew international condemnation.
The leftist leader drove past soldiers guarding the diplomatic compound in a 20-car caravan and headed for the airport accompanied by President Porfirio Lobo, said Hilda Cruz, an assistant of Zelaya's wife.
Zelaya was going to the Dominican Republic as a private citizen under a deal signed by Lobo and the Caribbean country's President Leonel Fernandez, who flew to Honduras to accompany the former president. About 6,000 supporters gathered outside the airport yelled "Mel, our friend, the people are with you!" as his plane took off.
Lobo, who was sworn into office hours earlier, had said his first task as president would be providing Zelaya a safe passage out of the country.
"We have emerged from the worst crisis in the democratic history of Honduras," said Lobo, 61, after taking the oath of office. "We want national reconciliation to extend to a necessary and indispensable reconciliation with the international community."
Zelaya, who was ousted in a dispute over changing the Honduran Constitution, insisted he was still president up until the moment his four-year constitutional term officially ended Wednesday.
Zelaya left with his wife, two children and an aide after four months holed up in the embassy
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