Obama Says Honduran Ouster Was 'Not Legal'

By: AP
By: AP
A demonstrator, with a Honduran flag on his shoulders, stands next to a bonfire near to the presidential house in Tegucigalpa, Monday, June 29, 2009. Honduras' new leaders defied growing global pressure on Monday to reverse a military coup, arguing that they had followed their constitution in removing President Manuel Zelaya. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)

A demonstrator, with a Honduran flag on his shoulders, stands next to a bonfire near to the presidential house in Tegucigalpa, Monday, June 29, 2009. Honduras' new leaders defied growing global pressure on Monday to reverse a military coup, arguing that they had followed their constitution in removing President Manuel Zelaya. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Barack Obama says the weekend ouster of Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya was a ``not legal'' coup and that he remains the country's president.

Obama spoke to reporters in the Oval Office on Monday after meetings with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. Obama said he wanted to be very clear that President Zelaya is the democratically elected president.

Obama pledged the U.S. to ``stand on the side of democracy'' and to work with other nations and international entities to resolve the matter peacefully.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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