Romeo Vásquez Velásquez

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Romeo Vásquez Velásquez (born 29 January 1957) is a Honduran politician and retired brigadier general. He was the head of[1] the military of Honduras from January 11, 2005[2] to January 25, 2010.

He was born in Siguatepeque, Comayagua Department. In 1972, he joined the army, and he attended the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC) at least twice, in 1976 and 1984.[3]

He has a degree in economy and finances. He is married to Licida Zelaya Lobo, from Olancho, and they have two children. He also has three other children.

2009 Honduran constitutional crisis[edit]

He was sacked by President Manuel Zelaya on June 25, 2009, for refusing to allow the armed forces to help in conducting a Honduran fourth ballot box referendum proposed by President Zelaya.[4] Vásquez stated that he had refused to help with the vote aimed at removing the constitutional one-term limit because the Honduras Supreme Court had ruled the vote illegal.[5] Zelaya denied the referendum was intended to extend term limits but claimed that it was to ask the people if they wanted to add the question of a constitutional assembly to the November ballot. Later the same day, however, all five judges of the Supreme Court acted in favor of a ruling chief of staff, restoring him to office after they declared his removal unconstitutional. The resolution cited Article 40 of the Constitutive Act of the Armed Forces, Decree 39-2001: "The head of the Joint Chiefs will run for three years in office and only be removed by resignation, incapacity absolute disqualification from office for final decision and loss or suspension of citizenship decreed by competent authority in accordance with the law and by the end of his time on active duty in the armed forces.[6][7] The military forcibly exiled Zelaya on June 28, 2009, precipitating the 2009 Honduran coup d'état. The Attorney General charged the military leadership for this act, but the Supreme Court dismissed all charges.[8]

Political career[edit]

On March 9, 2010, President Porfirio Lobo Sosa appointed Vásquez Velásquez as head of the state-owned telecom company Hondutel.[9]

Vásquez Velásquez is running for president of Honduras in the Honduran general election, 2013, for the Honduran Patriotic Alliance party, formed in 2011.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Honduras al borde de un golpe de Estado técnico
  2. ^ General Carlos Antonio Cuéllar es el nuevo jefe del Estado Mayor de FF.AA. (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Cooper, Linda and James Hodge. "Honduran Coup Leader a Two-Time SOA Graduate" National Catholic Reporter, June 29, 2009.
  4. ^ "Honduras: Term Limit Dispute Deepens". New York Times. June 26, 2009. p. A7. Retrieved June 26, 2009. 
  5. ^ Freddy, Cuevas; Jorge Rueda; Carlos Rodriguez; Edith M. Lederer (26 June 2009). "Honduras heads toward crisis over referendum". Associated Press. Retrieved June 26, 2009. 
  6. ^ Freddy Cuevas (27 June 2009). "Honduras heads toward crisis over referendum". Associated Press. Retrieved 2-7-2009.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB124597369604957305 Honduras Lurched Toward Crisis Over Election
  8. ^ "Estoy contento", dice Romeo Vásquez (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Romeo Vásquez Velásquez nombrado como gerente de Hondutel (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Alianza postula a Romeo Vásquez Velásquez (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Romeo Vásquez presentará 90,000 firmas (in Spanish)
Military offices
Preceded by
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Head of the Armed Forces of Honduras
2005-2010
Succeeded by
Carlos Antonio Cuéllar
Political offices
Preceded by
Jorge Aguilar
(Acting)
Manager of Hondutel
2010-present
Incumbent