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June 29th, 2009
World Links: Albanians Go to the Polls, President of Honduras Exiled

The president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, is arrested by the country’s military troups and exiled to Costa Rica after an ongoing conflict over a constitutional referendum between Zelaya and the country’s Congress and Supreme Court.

Former Argentinean President Néstor Kirchner, husband of the country’s current President Christina Fernández de Kirchner, resigns as leader of the Justicialist Party after losing his congressional race in Buenos Aires province. According to exit polls, President Fernández de Kirchner’s party could lose its majority control in Congress.

The police chief of Kandahar, Afghanistan, is killed in a gun battle with U.S.-trained armed guards from a private security company at the office of the provincial attorney general. At least 41 of the armed guards are arrested and ordered to face a military trial in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Five of nine Iranians employed by the British Embassy in Tehran are released after being investigated by the Iranian government. British foreign secretary David Miliband called the arrests “harassment and intimidation of a kind which is quite unacceptable.”

Albanian citizens vote in their seventh parliamentary election since the end of communist rule in 1992, with exit polls indicating victory for current Prime Minister Sali Berisha over Edi Rama, mayor of the Albanian capital of Tirana. The main foreign election observers, the Organization for Security and Cooperation report some campaign violations.

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