July 2, 2009 / 12:03 AM / in 10 years

Interim Honduras government says open to early election

Soldiers are seen behind shields at the National Congress in Tegucigalpa July 1, 2009. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - An interim government set up after a military coup in Honduras said on Thursday it would be open to bringing forward a November general election to resolve a crisis over the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya.

Roberto Micheletti, head of the caretaker government, also told reporters it would be possible to hold a national referendum on reinstating Zelaya, although it would be difficult to do so right away.

Reporting by Gustavo Palencia; editing by Todd Eastham

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