Vice President of Honduras

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The Vice Presidents of Honduras, also known as Presidential Designates, officially the Designates to the Presidency (Spanish: Designados a la Presidencia) is the second highest political position in Honduras. According to the current constitution, the President and Vice-Presidents are elected in the same ticket. From 1957 to 2006 and from 2010 to present there are positions of first, second, and third Vice-President known as designados presidenciales, literally Presidential Designates.

Only during the Zelaya administration the Vice-Presidential position was held by one person, since the Congress reformed the Constitution in 2008 for that the Vice-Presidential charge would be held again by 3 persons. The position of "Vice President Commissioner" was created by former President Manuel Zelaya after Vice President Elvin Santos resigned in late 2008.[1]

A history of officeholders follows.[2]

1839-1954[edit]

Term President Vice President Notes
1839-1841 Francisco Zelaya y Ayes Francisco Alvarado
1841-1843 Francisco Ferrera Coronado Chávez
1843-1844 Francisco Ferrera Felipe Jáuregui
1847 Francisco Ferrera Coronado Chávez
1848-1850 Juan Lindo Felipe Bustillo
1852-1855 José Trinidad Cabañas José Santiago Bueso
1856-1860 José Santos Guardiola José María Lazo Guillén
1860-1862 José Santos Guardiola Victoriano Castellanos
1863 José María Medina Francisco Inestroza
1864-1865 José María Medina Florencio Xatruch
1865-1866 José María Medina Juan Francisco López Aguirre
1870 José María Medina Crescencio Gómez
1891-1893 Ponciano Leiva Rosendo Agüero Ariza
1895–1899 Policarpo Bonilla Manuel Bonilla [3]
1899–1903 Terencio Sierra José María Reina
1903 Juan Ángel Arias Boquín Máximo Betancourt Rosales
1903–1907 Manuel Bonilla Miguel R. Dávila [3]
1908 Miguel R. Dávila Máximo Betancourt Rosales [4]
1908–1911 Miguel R. Dávila Dionysius Gutiérrez [4]
1912–1913 Manuel Bonilla Francisco Bertrand [3]
1913–1915 Francisco Bertrand Nazario Soriano [5]
1916–1919 Francisco Bertrand Alberto Membreño Vásquez [5]
1920–1924 Rafael López Gutiérrez José María Ochoa [6]
1924 Rafael López Gutiérrez Francisco Bueso
1925–1929 Miguel Paz Barahona Presentación Quezada [7]
1929–1933 Vicente Mejía Colindres Rafael Díaz Chávez
1933–1949 Tiburcio Carías Andino Abraham Williams Calderón [8]
1949–1954 Juan Manuel Gálvez Julio Lozano Díaz [9]

1957-1972 (Military Era)[edit]

Term President First Presidential Designate Second Presidential Designate Third Presidential Designate Notes
1957–1963 Ramon Villeda Morales José Mejía Arellano Francisco Milla Bermúdez Juan Miguel Mejía [10]
1965–1971 Oswaldo López Arellano Ricardo Zúñiga Agustinus Horacio Moya Posas Napoleón Alcerro Oliva [11]
1971–1972 Ramón Ernesto Cruz Uclés René Bendaña Meza Eugenio Matute Canizales Tiburcio Carías Castillo [12]

Constitutional Vice Presidents (1982- )[edit]

Presidential Designates (1982–2006)[edit]

Term President First Presidential Designate Second Presidential Designate Third Presidential Designate Notes
1982–1986 Roberto Suazo Cordova Marcelino Ponce Martínez Céleo Arias Moncada Arturo Rendón Pineda [13]
1986–1990 José Azcona del Hoyo Alfredo Fortín Inestroza José Pineda Gómez Jaime Rosenthal Rosenthal left office in 1989[14]
1990–1994 Rafael Leonardo Callejas Jacobo Hernández Cruz Marco Tulio Cruz Roberto Martínez Lozano [15]
1994–1998 Carlos Roberto Reina Walter López Reyes Juan de la Cruz Avelar Leiva Guadalupe Jerezano Mejía Jerezano left office in 1997[16]
1998–2002 Carlos Roberto Flores William Handal Raudales Gladys Caballero de Arévalo Hector Vidal Cerrato Hernandez [17]
2002–2006 Ricardo Maduro Vicente Williams Agasse Armida Villela de López Contreras José Alberto Díaz Lobo

Vice-President and Presidential Commissioner (2006–2010)[edit]

In 2005, the Honduran Congress reformed the Constitution for that the charge of Vice-President may be held by only one person.

Term President Vice President Notes
2006–2009 Manuel Zelaya Elvin Santos (27 January 2006 - 18 November 2008[18])


Unoccupied (18 November 2008 - 1 February 2009)[legal twerking problems]
Arístides Mejía (1 February 2009[19] - 28 June 2009)

Elvin Santos resigned.


Arístides Mejía didn't fully occupy the charge, he was a Presidential Commissioner not a Vice-President since he was appointed by President Zelaya and not popularly elected; in other words, he was a minister without portfolio.[20][21] He was deposed on 28 June 2009.

2009–2010 Roberto Micheletti Unoccupied (28 June 2009 - 27 January 2010) President Roberto Micheletti didn't appoint any Presidential Commissioner (like Manuel Zelaya did with Aristides Mejía) while he was occupying the Honduran Presidency.

Presidential Designates (2010- )[edit]

In 2008, before the Honduran Primary Elections, the Honduran National Congress reformed the Constitution again so that the Vice-Presidential office may be occupied by 3 persons as it has been before.

Term President First Presidential Designate Second Presidential Designate Third Presidential Designate Notes
2010–2014 Porfirio Lobo Sosa María Antonieta Guillén Vásquez Samuel Armando Reyes Rendon Victor Hugo Barnica
2014–2018 Juan Orlando Hernández Ricardo Antonio Alvarez Arias Ava Rossana Guevara Pinto Lorena Enriqueta Herrera Estevez
2018–2022 Juan Orlando Hernández Ricardo Antonio Alvarez Arias Olga Margarita Alvarado Rodríguez María Antonia Rivera Rosales

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  2. ^ Short history of Vicepresidency
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-05. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
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  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  16. ^ [7]
  17. ^ [8]
  18. ^ Elvin Santos renuncia a la Vicepresidencia (in spanish)
  19. ^ [9][permanent dead link]
  20. ^ Honduras: Impugnan cargo de Arístides por violentar preceptos constitucionales (in spanish)
  21. ^ Fiscalía investiga nombramiento de Arístides Mejía se determinará si la Presidencia violentó o no preceptos constitucionales (in spanish)