U.S., Venezuela condemn Honduran coup

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Honduras is a member of the Central America Free Trade Agreement with the United States. Mr. Zelaya’s support for the Chavez-led ALBA agreement, which excludes the United States, raised eyebrows at home and in Washington.

Nevertheless, other regional leaders voiced support for him Sunday and said they considered him to still be the rightful leader of Honduras.

“This is something very somber and disquieting,” said Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, whose country suffered under a seven-year military junta ending in 1983 that is thought to be responsible for the deaths of at least 30,000 people.

Sunday’s coup, she said, “looks like a return to barbarism in our hemisphere.”

&#8226 Nicholas Kralev reported from Washington.

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