The supposed settlement of the Honduran political crisis has collapsed as the coup makers made clear that they have no intention of allowing ousted President Manuel Zelaya to resume his office in the weeks before a new election.
The Obama administration, which has maintained an ambivalent position toward Zelaya’s ouster in June, endorsed the tentative accord and took no strong action as it unraveled. U.S. Republicans have strongly backed Zelaya’s ouster because of his friendly relations with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
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Obama administration officials have indicated that they might recognize the results of upcoming elections in Honduras even if they are conducted by a government still run by the coup makers. Zelaya remains holed up in the Brazilian embassy.
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