Honduras' Zelaya studies Dominican Republic's host offer

Zelaya took refuge in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, from where he has been demanding his reinstatement.

Honduras' Zelaya studies Dominican Republic's host offer

The Dominican Republic agreed with Honduras' newly elected president on Wednesday to welcome ousted President Manuel Zelaya as a "guest" in an attempt to end his state of political limbo after a June coup.

Soldiers grabbed Zelaya from his home on June 28 and threw him out of the country in his pajamas, sparking Central America's worst political crisis since the Cold War.

De facto leader Roberto Micheletti who took his place has defied world pressure to reinstate Zelaya, dividing the impoverished nation and provoking an international aid freeze.

Zelaya took refuge in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, from where he has been demanding his reinstatement.

Zelaya said he was studying the offer by Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez and Honduras' President-elect Porfirio Lobo.

"The agreement establishes that President Manuel Zelaya, his family members and his circle of advisers can come to the Dominican Republic on Jan. 27 as guests of the nation," said a document signed by Lobo, Fernandez and representatives of Honduras' major political parties.

Zelaya told a local news channel he appreciated the gesture but would have to wait until Jan. 27 to make any decision about the accord.

If Zelaya accepts the offer, it would likely mean he would not return to Honduras to continue his political career.

Lobo is set to take office on Jan. 27 after winning a November election, which was denounced as illegitimate since it was organized by the de facto government that toppled Zelaya in a military coup.


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