Honduran president replaces army chief
Pressed by the international community, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo replaced the Armed Forces chief who played a key role in forcing former President Manuel Zelaya into exile last June, according to Honduran news media reports.
“I can say with satisfaction after serving my country as a member of the Armed Forces for 37 years, two months and seven days, that I feel blessed to have embraced this noble career,” said outgoing army general Romeo Vásquez, according to the Honduran daily La Prensa.
Gen. Vásquez “is going into retirement and returning to civilian life,” Lobo told newswire EFE. The general has been replaced by Carlos Antonio Cuéllar.
Last June, when still president, Zelaya sacked Vásquez for refusing an order to move ballots that would have been used in a controversial vote on whether to hold a national referendum on the possibility of reforming the nation´s constitution. The Supreme Court ordered the chief reinstated and Honduran soldiers ousted Zelaya days later in a June 28 coup.
You may be interested
Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past weekThe Tico Times - May 21, 2018
Newly inaugurated Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado is closing in on two weeks on the job. Here are some of…
PHOTOS: International Museum Day in Costa RicaMitzi Stark - May 21, 2018
May 18 is International Museum Day, and Costa Rica celebrated with 31 mini-museums all in one at the Casa del…
Costa Rica, Panama refuse to acknowledge Venezuelan election resultsAFP - May 21, 2018
Costa Rica and Panama were two of 14 countries in the Americas to announce they would not acknowledge the results…