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Honduras congress OKs impeachment law
Associated Press
2013-01-24 01:12 AM
Honduras' congress has approved constitutional amendments meant to head off controversies such as the one that followed the ouster of former President Manuel Zelaya.

The measure approved Tuesday sets rules for the impeachment and removal of a broad range of public officials, including the president.

Honduras' congress and Supreme Court approved the 2009 removal of Zelaya and most lawmakers argued it was legal. But the law had no explicit clause allowing the president's ouster and most nations rejected the overthrow, making the nation a political outcast for more than a year.

Congressman Mario Lopez says Paraguay is an example: Its congress voted to remove President Fernando Lugo last year. Neighboring countries protested but the fallout was much less severe than Honduras faced.

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