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As Honduran foes near a deal, crisis 'almost at an end'

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After three months of a tense political standoff wearing on its citizenry, Honduras is as close as it has been to a deal that could see one of two men step down as president.

Representatives of both ousted President Manuel Zelaya, who was deposed June 28, and Roberto Micheletti, who was sworn in as interim president hours later, say that an “exit” has been found.

The sides did not release details of a potential agreement, nor had either explicitly agreed to any plan yet. But a possible breakthrough brought hope to Hondurans on the street, who have worried over aid that has been withdrawn from the international community, revoked visas, and the battered image of a country that prides itself on being one of peace.

“It affects my life, it affects the whole world,” says Leoncio Reyes, a small business owner in Tegucigalpa, who added that it’s more important to him that the crisis end rather than which side comes out victorious. The crisis, he says, “has set the entire country back.”

How Honduras got here

Zelaya was arrested by the military June 28 for forging forward with a vote to consider a constituent assembly, even though the Supreme Court had declared such a move unconstitutional. He was packed to Costa Rica, and since then the world community has denounced his ouster as a coup that must be reversed.

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