Rubén Zamora

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Zamora speaking at the Interpeace Parners Forum at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in 2012
For the Guatemalan journalist, see José Rubén Zamora.

Rubén Zamora Rivas is a social democratic politician in El Salvador.[1] He was a member of the cabinet of the Salvadoran government following the October 15, 1979 coup, but he resigned in early 1980 to protest the escalation of repression as the horrific civil war was breaking out. His brother, Mario, was serving as Attorney General when he was assassinated by a right wing death squad on February 23, 1980. After resigning from government, Rubén Zamora helped found the Frente Democrático Revolucionario (FDR) in April 1980.

After some time in exile, Rubén Zamora returned to El Salvador in November 1987 and helped to found the Convergencia Democrática (CD), a center-left electoral coalition that, still in the midst of the civil war, competed in the 1989 elections. Its willingness to compete marked an attempt to reestablish a peaceful center-left. In the first presidential election following the Salvadoran civil war in 1994, Zamora was the presidential candidate[1] for the leftist coalition that included the former guerrilla Farabundo Marti Natioanal Liberation Front. He finished in second place with 25% of the vote. In subsequent years he has run for office with various incarnations of center-left parties, such as the Centro Democratico Unido (CDU - United Democratic Center). During the 1990s, he served as Vice President of the National Assembly and as a member of the National Peace Commission, and he founded and led the Centro Democrático Unido party. Zamora has taught political science at the University of El Salvador, Universidad Centroamérica, Universidad San Carlos, and Universidad Rafael Landivar (both in Guatemala), Essex University, and Stanford University. He has published many works on Salvadoran politics, including El Salvador, heridas que no cierran: Los partidos políticos en la post-guerra, and La izquierda partidaria salvadoreña: Entre la identidad y el poder.

He is currently serving as the Ambassador of El Salvador to The United States. Known for his humble nature, he is also being instrumental in bringing the next business revolution in El Salvador with the help of various Asian nations[citation needed].


  1. ^ a b "Dr. Rubén Zamora". Kellogg Institute. Notre Dame University. Retrieved 16 January 2011.