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Former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya is sent into exile

Published 29/01/2010

Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya, left, and his daughter Hortensia gesture to supporters from inside Brazil's embassy in Tegucigalpa
Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya, left, and his daughter Hortensia gesture to supporters from inside Brazil's embassy in Tegucigalpa

Former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya has left his refuge in the Brazilian Embassy in the country and flown into exile in the Dominican Republic after his successor took office, ending months of turmoil during his failed quest to be restored to power after a coup.

The leftist leader drove past soldiers guarding the diplomatic compound in a long caravan and headed for the airport accompanied by new President Porfirio Lobo, said Hilda Cruz, an assistant of Zelaya's wife.

Before boarding the plane to leave Honduras, Zelaya shouted: “We'll be back! We'll be back!”

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