BBC News is reporting that Manuel Zelaya, President of Honduras, has been forced by the country’s military into exile. According to the BBC, Zelaya was flown by the Honduran military to Costa Rica, where he remains. Manuel Zelaya won election in 2006 as part of a center-right coalition. At the time, Zelaya supported a free trade deal with the United States and appeared to be in position to normalize relations with the United States. However, he gradually shifted to the left and became an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Zelaya’s ally, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, blamed “the Yankee empire” for the coup, while the United States and the European Union joined the Organization of American States in condemning the coup.