Honduras’s deposed president Manuel Zelaya gives interim president Roberto Micheletti a week to quit, or there will be blood:
Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya gave his rival, Roberto Micheletti, one week to step down, saying he was prepared to risk bloodshed to recapture the presidency, which he lost on June 28.
As I posted yesterday, the talks are scheduled to continue on Saturday, but Zelaya is adamant about returning to power:
Zelaya and Micheletti’s negotiating teams are expected to resume talks in Costa Rica on Saturday. But if those talks do not produce results, Zelaya said he would pay ”any cost” to reclaim the presidency.
”Let me come back — me with the people and you with your bayonets,” he said. “And instead of shooting innocent kids, shoot me.”
In case you harbor any doubt as to Zelaya’s wording, here he is, issuing the ultimatum, which he did call an ultimatum:
Notice how he refers to himself at the end as the “constitutional government of the Honduran republic.”
I’ll be talking about this in today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern, and will update this post with developing news today.
Prior posts on Zelaya here.