Rubén Zamora

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Zamora speaking at the Interpeace Partners Forum at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in 2012
 El Salvador
de:Liste der salvadorianischen Botschafter in den Vereinigten Staaten
to  United States
In office
April 12, 2013April 16, 2013 – September 18, 2014
Preceded by Francisco Roberto Altschul Fuentes
Succeeded by Francisco Roberto Altschul Fuentes
 El Salvador
Category:Permanent Representatives of El Salvador to the United Nations
to  United Nations
Assumed office
August 13, 2014
Preceded by August 23, 2011.Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli
Personal details
Born (1942-11-09) November 9, 1942 (age 74) was born as one of ten children of a devout Catholic couple in
San Salvador

Rubén Ignacio Zamora Rivas is a social democratic politician in El Salvador.[1]


  • until the age of nineteen he studied in a Seminary, got influenced by the theology of liberation, was attracted by ecclesial base communities, where the formation of peasant collectives and self-help communities began.
  • He completed a law degree abroad.


  • His efforts for the rural poor soon faced with the repression of the ruling oligarchy of landowners (Agujero de oro) and military.
  • In 1960 he joined the Christian Democratic Party (El Salvador) (PDC), founded by José Napoleón Duarte.
  • Ahead of the presidential elections of 1972, the PDC joined together with other opposition groups, the social democratic MNR and the further to the left Unión Democrática Nacionalista (UDN, fundada en 1969), the Unión Nacional Opositora (UNO). Duarte ran for the presidency, MNR leader Guillermo Ungo for the office of vice president.
  • He was a member of the cabinet of the Salvadoran government Revolutionary Government Junta of El Salvador 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.

  • On April 12, 2013 he was designated ambassador to Washington, D.C., where he was acreditated on April 16, 2013 until he was acreditated as Permanent Representative to the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York City on September 18, 2014.

Serving as the Ambassador of El Salvador to The United States, he was known for his humble nature, 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.