Published on Monday, May 23, 2011 by BBC News
Ousted Leader Zelaya Signs Deal for Return Honduras
Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted from power and forced into exile in 2009, has signed an agreement with his successor, Porfirio Lobo, which will allow him to return to the country.
The accord was negotiated by the Colombian and Venezuelan presidents.
Mr Zelaya and Mr Lobo smiled and shook hands as they signed the agreement in the Colombian city of
Not many details are known of the accord so far, but Colombian President Juan Manuel Santo said on his Twitter account that it "implies the return of Zelaya to
And Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, speaking from
Mr Lobo said he was "very happy to be signing a document which will permit us to normalise relations between
Earlier this month, a court in
Mr Zelaya had described the charges of fraud and falsifying documents as politically motivated.
The former president was bundled out of
His critics said his planned constitutional consultation aimed to lift the one-term limit on serving as president - paving the way for his possible re-election.
Mr Zelaya repeatedly denied this and pointed out that it would have been impossible to change the constitution before his term in office ended.
His removal from office left
However, a period of relative stability began with the election of Porfirio Lobo as president in elections in November 2009.
Many governments, including the
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