Óscar Humberto Mejía Victores

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Óscar Humberto Mejía
27th President of Guatemala
In office
8 August 1983 – 14 January 1986
Preceded by Efraín Ríos Montt
Succeeded by Vinicio Cerezo
Personal details
Born (1930-12-09) December 9, 1930 (age 84)
Guatemala City

Brigadier General Óscar Humberto Mejía Victores (born December 9, 1930)[1] was the 27th President of Guatemala from 8 August 1983 to 14 January 1986. A member of the military, he was president during the apex of repression and death squad activity in the Central American nation.[2] When he was minister of defense, he rallied a coup against José Efraín Ríos Montt, then president of Guatemala, which he justified by declaring that the government was being abused by religious fanatics. He allowed a return to democracy, with elections for a constituent assembly in 1984 followed by general elections in 1985.

Along with former Presidents José Efraín Ríos Montt and Fernando Romeo Lucas García (deceased), President Mejía has been charged with murder, kidnapping, and genocide in the Spanish court system.


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  2. ^ Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional (2013). From Silence to Memory: Revelations of the AHPN. Eugene, OR: University of Oregon Libraries. p. xx. ISBN 978-0-985-82041-1. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
José Efraín Ríos Montt
President of Guatemala
Succeeded by
Vinicio Cerezo