Honduras. According to Countryaah official site, the events of June 2009, when Manuel Zelaya was dismissed from the presidential post by a military coup, continued to cast his shadow over Honduras during the year. President Porfírio Lobo Sosa devoted much effort to improving the country’s international reputation. On May 28, President Zelaya was allowed to return to his home country, a prerequisite for Honduras to be re-admitted to the US-based OAS, which happened shortly thereafter. In November, it became clear that both Zelaya’s wife Xiomara Castro de Zelaya and General Romeo Vásquez Velásquez, the commander-in-chief when President Zelaya was ousted, will stand in the presidential election to be held in November 2013.
|Land area||112,090 km²|
|Population density (per km²）||82.4|
|Income per capita||$ 5,600|
|ISO 3166 code||HN|
|Time zone UTC||– 6|
|Geographic coordinates||15 00 N, 86 30 W.|
In early March, the teachers’ union went on strike in protest of, among other things. a bill on changes in the education system. The strike lasted for a month and became periodically violent as police and protesters rallied. While the bill was passed in Congress and the strike was suspended after President Lobo Sosa declared it illegal, the union continued to demand payment of delayed wages and pensions.
A wave of violence swept across the Bajo Aguán region in the province of Colón in August. More than a dozen people were killed and the government deployed hundreds of soldiers to bring order. However, what caused the violence was unclear; Landowners in the area blamed landless peasants with a land dispute, while police claimed that drug smugglers were behind the violence.