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Honduran Lawmakers Study Deal on Zelaya Reinstatement

Honduran Lawmakers Study Deal on Zelaya Reinstatement

Honduran Lawmakers Study Deal on Zelaya Reinstatement

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Honduran lawmakers are studying a deal to end the crisis over President Manuel Zelaya's ouster in a coup in June, but there is no word whether or when they will vote on his reinstatement.

The head of Congress, Jose Alfredo Saavedra, told local media Monday that once lawmakers understand the details of the agreement, they will decide on a path to follow.

Mr. Zelaya has taken refuge at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa since returning to Honduras in September. He is urging lawmakers to avoid playing "dirty games" and vote on his reinstatement without delay.

Last week, the interim government of President Roberto Micheletti agreed to the deal, which calls for the creation of a power-sharing government.

The country's Supreme Court would need to authorize Congress to vote on whether to allow Mr. Zelaya to return to power and serve out his term, which ends in January.

Honduran officials have said they are confident that Congress will approve the deal to reinstate Mr. Zelaya before the November 29 presidential election. Neither Mr. Zelaya nor Mr. Micheletti is a candidate.

Separately, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos have been named to a four-person commission that will be responsible for monitoring creation of the power-sharing government. The secretary-general of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, says the two will travel to Honduras Tuesday to meet with two Honduran officials who will join them on the panel.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.