Honduran strongman and twice-president Lopez Arellano dead at 89

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Honduran strongman Oswaldo Lopez Arellano, who led two military coups and served as president for more than a decade, died on Sunday, his family said. He was 89.

His family released a statement saying the former general and twice-president died of prostate cancer at a private hospital in Tegucigalpa.

With armed forces backing, then-Col. Lopez Arellano ousted President Ramon Villeda Morales in 1963 and two years later held a constitutional assembly that formalized his position as president of Honduras, then a banana-producing country under the sway Washington.

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