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Honduras Congress approves referendum on police

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Honduran congress approved a bill to submit President Porfirio Lobo's police cleanup program to a popular vote, after the measure was blocked by the courts.

Lobo has been locked in a standoff with Supreme Court justices, who he accuses of catering to powerful business interests. He says the same people who ousted then President Manuel Zelaya in a 2009 coup are now plotting against him.

The tension was heightened Tuesday when about 50 soldiers and 25 police officers showed up outside the congressional building.

Source: Associated Press