Suazo Córdova, Roberto

Suazo Córdova, Roberto,

1927–2018, Honduran political leader, president of Honduras (1982–86). A doctor who practiced in Guatemala City and then in La Paz, Honduras, and a member of the Liberal party, he served several terms in the Honduran congress and became party leader in 1979. After the military agreed to permit elections, he won the presidency in 1981, becoming the country's first civilian president in nearly a decade; the military nonetheless remained Honduras's most powerful institution. Suazo Córdova supported the buildup of American troops in Honduras, which the United States used as a base to train and arm counterrevolutionaries conducting a guerrilla war against the SandinistaSandinistas,
members of a left-wing Nicaraguan political party, the Sandinist National Liberation Front (FSLN). The group, named for Augusto Cesar Sandino, a former insurgent leader, was formed in 1962 to oppose the regime of Anastasio Somoza Debayle.
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 government of Nicaragua (see Iran-contra affairIran-contra affair,
in U.S. history, secret arrangement in the 1980s to provide funds to the Nicaraguan contra rebels from profits gained by selling arms to Iran. The Iran-contra affair was the product of two separate initiatives during the administration of President Ronald
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). After unsuccessfully seeking to have his term extended by two years, he retired from politics.
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