UPDATE: Zelaya is out -- or in 

In case you missed the vote last night, the Honduran Congress voted 111-14 not to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya. The vote comes days after Hondurans elected a new president, Pepe Lobo, of the conservative Partido Nacional.

Zelaya's future is unclear. If he sets foot outside of the Brazilian Embassy, Zelaya is subject to arrest on corruption charges. His own reaction is an "it's all about me" statement:

"The election may have passed, but it's the same military officials, the same congress, the same people who worked against me still in power, so what does this fix?"

Of course, the Honduran Congress was also democratically elected. The U.S. State Department and the White House did not immediately return calls about yesterday's vote, although State had earlier given comments supportive of Sunday's election.

UPDATE: The State Department commented on the vote in a noon press conference by Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela. "We're disappointed by this decision since the United States had hoped that Congress would have approved his return," he said. However, he also noted that the congressional vote satisfies the agreement that the U.S. brokered between Zelaya and the interim Honduran government.

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