Carlos Humberto Romero

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Carlos Humberto Romero
Carlos Humberto Romero.jpg
37th President of El Salvador
In office
July 1, 1977 – October 15, 1979
Vice PresidentJulio Ernesto Astacio
Preceded byArturo Armando Molina
Succeeded byRevolutionary Government Junta
Personal details
Carlos Humberto Romero Mena

(1924-02-29)February 29, 1924
Chalatenango, El Salvador
DiedFebruary 27, 2017(2017-02-27) (aged 92)
San Salvador, El Salvador
Political partyNational Coalition Party

General Carlos Humberto Romero Mena (February 29, 1924[1] – February 27, 2017) was a Salvadoran politician who served as President of El Salvador[2] between July 1, 1977, and his overthrow on October 15, 1979.

Early life[edit]

Romero was born in Chalatenango, El Salvador, on February 29, 1924.


Romero held power until October 1979, when he was deposed with a reformist coup d'état by dissident, politically leftist and moderate military officers and civilians.[3] The coup d'état that deposed Romero was preamble to El Salvador's twelve-year civil war. Romero was a member of the National Conciliation Party,[4] and also served as Defense Minister from 1972 to 1973.

Romero's time in office was largely characterized by escalating violence and instability. In the late 1970s, political unrest increased, because of El Salvador's severe socio-economic inequalities unaddressed by his government and widespread discontent with government policy culminated in widespread protest and rebellion, which was met with reprisal by government forces. President Romero increased government education spending, but this won him no popularity with the left.

After being deposed, Romero lived in exile in Guatemala before returning to El Salvador. He died on 27 February 2017 at the age of 92 of natural causes. [5][6]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2017-01-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ El Salvador coup leaders promise free elections
  4. ^ Romero foes charge fraud in El Salvador
  5. ^ Muere expresidente Carlos Humberto Romero Archived 2017-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
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Political offices
Preceded by
Arturo Armando Molina
President of El Salvador
Succeeded by
Revolutionary Government Junta