Policarpo Paz García

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Policarpo Paz García
Policarpo Paz Garcia.jpg
Sketch of Policarpo Paz García
46th President of Honduras
In office
7 August 1978 – 27 January 1982
Preceded byJuan Alberto Melgar Castro
(Head of State)
Succeeded byRoberto Suazo Córdova
Military of Honduras
In office
7 August 1978 – 27 January 1980
Preceded byJuan Alberto Melgar Castro
Succeeded byGustavo Álvarez Martínez
Personal details
Policarpo Juan Paz García

(1932-12-07)7 December 1932
Goascorán, Honduras
Died16 April 2000(2000-04-16) (aged 67)
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Political partyMilitary
Spouse(s)Carlota Márquez de Paz García
Alma materEscuela Militar de Honduras
ProfessionPhysician, Politician

Policarpo Juan Paz García (7 December 1932 – 16 April 2000) was a Honduran military leader who served as President of Honduras from 7 August 1978 until 27 January 1982.


Paz Garcia was born in 1932 in La Arada, Goascoran, Valle, Honduras. He distinguished himself in the Football War, a brief war fought by El Salvador and Honduras in 1969.[1]

Following a 1978 military coup that ousted General Juan Alberto Melgar as chief of state, a three-man junta headed by Paz Garcia took power and announced that it would begin preparations for a return to civilian rule. A constituent assembly was popularly elected in April 1980 to write a new constitution, and on July 20, 1980 the junta handed control to the Assembly.[2]

The Assembly appointed General Paz Garcia provisional president until general elections were held. The elections, in November 1981, were won by Roberto Suazo, and his Liberal Party of Honduras.

Paz died on 16 April 2000 at age 67, due to kidney failure.


Political offices
Preceded by
Juan Alberto Melgar
Head of State
President of Honduras
Succeeded by
Roberto Suazo