Troops detain Honduras president in vote fight: government

Other News Materials 28 June 2009 18:40 (UTC +04:00)

Honduran soldiers detained leftist President Manuel Zelaya on Sunday in a constitutional crisis over his attempt to win re-election, government officials said, Reuters reported.

Troops took Zelaya, an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, from his residence to an unknown location, Eduardo Reina, the president's private secretary, told Reuters.

Another government official said there were reports Zelaya had been taken to an air base. The president fired the armed forces chief of staff last week for refusing to help him organize an unofficial referendum on Sunday on extending his term limit of four years.