Ramón Villeda Morales

Ramón Villeda Morales Dr. Ramón Villeda Morales (1909–1971) served as President of Honduras from 1957 to 1963. Trained as a physician, Villeda Morales was a liberal who supported the democratization of Honduras after a long period of military rule. He was the Liberal Party candidate in the 1954 presidential election, the first free election for over two decades, winning a plurality over a divided National Party but short of a majority. The deadlock led to a coup by vice-President Julio Lozano Díaz. Following the military junta of the 1955, he was chosen by the country's constituent assembly to serve as president and oversee the transition to democracy. Villeda Morales immediately embarked on a campaign which he believed would help the poorer elements of society, introducing welfare benefits and enacting a new labor code that favored the country's large working class population (working on the theory that regulations, rather than the market, can improve rather than undermine, long term conditions of work). While these steps were popular with "the masses", they enraged the traditional sources of power in Honduras: the military and the upper classes. When it seemed likely that the Liberal Party candidate, Modesto Rodas Alvarado; would win the 1963 election with an even stronger mandate to enact social reforms, the military responded with a coup, just ten days before the election was scheduled to take place.

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Ramon Villeda
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Honduras Ocotepeque
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New York
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Liberal Party of Honduras

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