Honduras: Church leaders leery of Chavez influence
July 10, 2009
Church leaders in Honduras remain unsympathetic toward ousted President Manuel Zelaya, and fearful that Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is exerting undue influence over their country's affairs. Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez had previously asked international observers to take note that Zelaya was removed from office by a legal mandate, and urged the ex-president to remain abroad rather than attempting to return and risking bloodshed. Now the Honduran cardinal has added that Chavez is risking the country's stability by "putting his hands here," and expressed the wish that the Venezuelan strongman-- who had become a close ally of Zelaya-- would cease interfering in Honduran affairs.
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- Honduras' Cardinal asks President Chávez to refrain himself from meddling (El Universal)
- Honduran Church Leaders Sympathetic to "Coup" (American Spectator)
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