Ousted president, new leader duel for Honduras .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} TEGUCIGALPA - A military coup has divided Honduras on Monday between two leaders - one recognized by world bodies and another backed by the country's congress, courts and military. The interim Honduran leader Roberto Micheletti imposed a nationwide 48-hour curfew after the army ousted elected President Manuel Zelaya and sent him into exile. Congress voted Micheletti in as the country's new leader just hours after Zelaya fled, while insisting he was still president.

Presidents from around Latin America gathered in Nicaragua for meetings Monday on how to resolve the first coup in Central America in 16 years, while the European Union offered to help start talks between the two sides.

Once again, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took center stage, casting the dispute as a rebellion by the region's poor. "If the oligarchies break the rules of the game as they have done, the people have the right to resistance and combat, and we are with them," Chavez said in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua. Chavez also vowed that "we will overthrow (Micheletti)."

There is a deep rift between the outside world, which is clamoring for the return of democratically elected, but largely unpopular and soon-to-leave-office Zelaya, and congressionally designated successor Micheletti.