Roberto Suazo Córdova

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Roberto Suazo Córdova
Robeto Suazo Cordova.JPG
Sketch of Roberto Suazo Córdova
President of Honduras
In office
27 January 1982 – 27 January 1986
Vice PresidentMarcelino Ponce Martínez
Preceded byPolicarpo Paz García
(provisional)
Succeeded byJosé Azcona del Hoyo
Personal details
Born17 March 1927
La Paz, La Paz, Honduras
Died22 December 2018 (aged 91)
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
NationalityHonduran
Political partyLiberal Party of Honduras
Spouse(s)Aida Zacapa (died 30 December 2008)[1]
Alma materUniversity of San Carlos of Guatemala
ProfessionPolitician; surgeon; physician

Roberto Suazo Córdova (17 March 1927[2] – 22 December 2018)[3] was the President of Honduras from 1982 until 1986.[4] Suazo Córdova died on 22 December 2018 following an ulcer surgical operation at the age of 91.[5]

Presidency[edit]

Suazo Córdova won a clear majority as a member of the Liberal Party of Honduras and became president in January 1982. The Liberal victory surprised many who believed the armed forces would interfere in favor of its erstwhile National Party allies. Colonel Gustavo Álvarez Martínez became head of the armed forces. The Reagan administration put heavy pressure on Honduras to assist in U.S. efforts against the Nicaragua’s Sandinistas and El Salvador’s guerrillas operating in Honduras. A U.S military spokesman neatly summarized the U.S. appraisal of the situation: “Honduras is the keystone to our policy down there.” Suazo and Alvarez accepted U.S. troops on continuous “maneuvers,” the construction and expansion of military bases and facilities, and even U.S. training of Salvadoran troops within Honduras. Honduras provided sanctuary and overt cooperation to the Contra army the United States was developing to attack Nicaragua’s Sandinista government. Honduras thus became the active ally of the U.S. military strategy for Nicaragua and El Salvador. The country was described at the time as an aircraft carrier—the “USS Honduras.” In exchange, Honduras received hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S assistance—especially military aid.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.laprensa.hn/sucesos/580759-97/murio-esposa-del-ex-presidente-suazo-cordova
  2. ^ Profile of Roberto Suazo Córdova (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Honduran president during US-funded 'Contra' war on Nicaragua dies". au.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b Nueva administración creará y desaparecerá ministerios Archived 22 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ https://www.laprensa.hn/honduras/1244313-410/roberto-suazo-cordova-muere-expresidente-hondureño-fallece
Political offices
Preceded by
Policarpo Paz
(Provisional)
President of Honduras
1982–1986
Succeeded by
José Azcona