Carlos Humberto Romero
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|Carlos Humberto Romero|
|President of El Salvador|
July 1, 1977 – October 15, 1979
|Preceded by||Arturo Armando Molina|
|Succeeded by||Revolutionary Government Junta|
|Born||Carlos Humberto Romero Mena
February 29, 1924
Chalatenango, El Salvador
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Romero held power until October 1979 when he was deposed with a reformist coup d'état by dissident, politically leftist and moderate military officers and civilians. The coup d'état that deposed President-General Humberto Romero was preamble to El Salvador's twelve-year civil war. Romero was a member of the National Conciliation Party, and also served as Defense Minister from 1972 to 1973. President-General Romero's rule was military dictatorship in the style of his predecessors.
Romero's time in office was largely characterized by escalating violence and instability. In the late 1970s, political unrest increased, because of El Salvador's severe socio-economic inequalities unaddressed by his government and widespread discontent with government policy culminated in widespread protest and rebellion, which was met with reprisal by government forces. President Romero increased government education spending - but this won him no popularity with the left.
In response, security forces and government death squads regularly tortured and assassinated unionists, clergy, intellectuals, independent farmers, university officials and demonstrators. Government repression killed 687 civilians in 1978 and an additional 1,796 in 1979.
Arturo Armando Molina
|President of El Salvador
Revolutionary Government Junta
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