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Carlos Roberto Reina

Personal data
Date of birth13 March 1926
Place of birthComayagüela, Honduras
Date of deathAugust 19, 2003(age 77)
Political partyLiberal Party of Honduras
President of Honduras
In office27 January 1994 - 27 January 1998
Succeeded byCarlos Roberto Flores
Preceded byRafael Leonardo Callejas

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Carlos Roberto Reina Idiáquez (March 13, 1926 - August 19, 2003) was a politician of the Liberal Party of Honduras, and President of Honduras from January 27, 1994 to January 27, 1998.He was born in the city of Comayagüela, Honduras. His wife, Bessy Watson, was an American citizen with whom he had two daughters. He completed university studies in the National Autonomous University of Honduras where he earned a bachelor's degree in Juridical and Social Sciences. Later, Reina continued his postgraduate studies in the cities of London and Paris.

Throughout his long political career Reina held a number of political governmental and international jobs, including judge in the court of Tegucigalpa, peace member of the international court of The Hague, Ambassador of Honduras to France, and president of the Central Executive Council (CCE) of the Liberal Party, among other important positions.

Reina was arrested several times for his political activities in opposition to the military governments during his younger years. The first time was in 1944 for protesting against dictator Tiburcio Carías. Later in the 1960s he was sent to prison twice by General Oswaldo López, who had taken over the Honduran government through the use of military force. This led Reina to become a fierce defender of human rights throughout the rest of his life. In 1979 he was nominated president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of the Organization of American States.

Reina’s socialist sympathies led him to develop a close friendship with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, which motivated him to travel to Cuba often.


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