Replacement Duel Ensues in Honduras After President Ousted TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras Honduras' new leaders defied growing global pressure on Monday to reverse a military coup, arguing that they had followed their constitution in removing a leftist president who attacked it. Presidents from around Latin America were gathering in Nicaragua for meetings Monday on how to reverse the first coup in Central America in at least 16 years. The Obama administration and European governments denounced the coup. U.S. officials said they were working for the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya and European officials offered to mediate talks between the two sides. "Zelaya was seized by soldiers and hustled aboard a plane to Costa Rica early Sunday, just hours before a rogue referendum he had called in defiance of the courts and Congress, and which his opponents said was an attempt to remain in power after his term ends Jan. 27. Micheletti said he would only serve out the end of Zelaya's term, which ends in January following presidential elections set for November. "We respect everybody and we only ask that they respect us and leave us in peace because the country is headed toward free and transparent general elections in November," Micheletti said. His designated foreign minister, Enrique Ortez Colindres told HRN on Monday that no coup had occurred. He said the military had merely upheld the constitution "that the earlier government wanted to reform without any basis and in an illegal way." Replacement Duel Ensues in Honduras After President Ousted - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News - FOXNews.com Hmmm. Hugo Chavez and Barack Obama are on the same side of this issue. That's kind of scary.