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Having new pijamas, Zelaya returns home protected by honduran military forces.

Ecuador`s President Rafael Correa, right, sings as Honduras’ ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya, white hat, embraces Cuba`s President Raul Castro, and Venezuela`s President Hugo Chavez, left and Ecuador’s vicepresident Lenin Moreno, second from left, look on during an event in Quito to honor Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, Monday, Aug. 10, 2009. (Photo Credit to AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

The former President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya plans to return home May 28 after nearly a year and a half of exile in the Dominican Republic. Zelaya is expected to return as part of an agreement,  brokered by the presidents of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and Venezuela, Hugo Chávez.

“We have to see what he asked (Zelaya), where he wants to stay, place of residence and also what kind of security he requested with the same police if he requires it,” said the Honduran military chief, Gen. Rene Osorio.

The general explained that Zelaya will be provided “security as is established in law and the Constitution of the Republic (for ex-presidents) and that it is coordinated with the president Porfirio Lobo” said Osorio.

It is expected that thousands of supporters will welcome Zelaya at the airport in Tegucigalpa.

The announcement that the former president will return on 28 May, a month before the second anniversary of the coup that overthrew him, was made Wednesday by the opposition leader Juan Barahona in Nicaragua, where he attended a meeting with Zelaya to the Sao Paulo Forum (a leftist organization of political parties in Latin America).

“The president (of Nicaragua) Daniel Ortega offered to accompany former President Zelaya, also Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro and members of parliaments of Latin America,” said Barahona.

An agreement with the Government of Honduras, which has been negotiated with the mediation, and ensures that Zelaya will not be subjected to any judicial persecution, “is expected to be signed it before May 28.” Earlier this month the Honduran Justice dismissed the corruption charges against Zelaya.

on June 28th 2009, Zelaya was overthrown by the military in the middle of the night and deported wearing his pijamas. This action had the approval of congressional leaders andthe  Supreme Court and the approval of the influential business sector, which led to the marginalization of Honduras to the Organization of American States (OAS).

Honduras will be soon reinstated as a full member of the OAS.  The OAS will discuss the return of Honduras in its next general assembly in June in San Salvador.

On January 27, 2010 ended the constitutional mandate of Zelaya, who was then taken refuge in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, after secretly returning from exile. That day he went to the Dominican Republic.