On October 6, 2009, Roberto Micheletti, the head of the Honduran interim government, convened his council of ministers to repeal an executive decree that had suspended several constitutional rights. After the decree, two media outlets were closed by the Honduran government under allegations that they were violating its terms. Micheletti said that those media outlets would have to turn to the courts for relief. Micheletti's government took power after president Manuel Zelaya was removed from power on June 28, 2009, following a judicial order asserting that he had broken Honduran law by attempting to conduct a controversial referendum on constitutional reform contrary to a Honduran Supreme Court ruling.
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