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Ramon Villeda Morales

Dr. Ramón Villeda Morales (1909-1971) served as president of Honduras from 1957 to 1963. Trained as a physician, Villeada Morales was a liberal who supported the democratization of Honduras after a long period of military rule. 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 to right social injustices in the country, introducing welfare benefits and and enacting a new labor code that favored the country's large working class population. 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 he would win the 1963 election with an even stronger mandate to enact his social reforms, the military responded with a coup, just ten days before the election was scheduled to take place.

Ramón Villeda Morales died in 1971 in New York City.

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