General who led coup seeks Honduran presidency

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Associated Press

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 20 at 4:33 PM

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The man who led the military part of a coup against former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is now a candidate for president himself.

The Honduran Patriotic Alliance voted Sunday to make retired Gen. Romeo Vazquez Velazquez its standard-bearer for the November election.

Zelaya tried to fire Vazquez as military chief in 2009, but the Supreme Court reinstated him. He then had Zelaya arrested and flown out of the country. The ouster was approved by the country's Congress and court but brought international condemnation. Vazquez more recently has headed the country's telecommunications company.

Vazquez's recently formed party emphasizes the need for greater security and trust in God. It includes many people linked to the military.

His opponents will include Zelaya's wife, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, and several other candidates.

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