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This has not been confirmed by the main stream media, but I got a call from
San Pedro Sula Honduras stating that Venezuelan troops have landed in Honduras in support of the President, Manuel Zelaya, who is in a power struggle with the military chief over election and constitutional reforms.

Background: from Council on Hemispheric Affairs

President Manuel Zelaya announced the sacking of General Romeo Vasquez, head of the Honduran armed forces. General Vasquez had declined to lend logistical support to a referendum on constitutional reform which is scheduled to take place in the country on June 28. As a result of this referendum, the president hopes to eliminate the one-term limit placed on Honduran presidents. The referendum has been declared illegal by Congress and the Supreme Court, and Vasquez said that he would be violating the law by allowing the military to follow the president’s directives. However, having previously announced that "orders are meant to be followed, not analyzed," the president acted on his threat by firing the general.

The sacking of General Vasquez caused the nation’s military bases to go into a state of "high alert". Armored vehicles rolled out onto the streets and soldiers took up positions at key intersections. Later that day the Supreme Electoral Tribunal declared Zelaya’s re-election null and ordered the seizure of all ballot boxes and election-related materials. According to Spanish daily El Pais, the ballot boxes were being kept at the Tegucigalpa airport having been flown in from Venezuela. Investigators from the Ministerio Público, the Honduran attorney general’s office, arrived to seize the election cartons.

Has anyone else heard this or have more details?

If true, Hugo Chavez has added another important challenge for President Obama to address.

Originally posted to TheSocialNavigator on Sat Jun 27, 2009 at 07:01 PM PDT.

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