Born In: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Rafael Callejas was a former President of Honduras. He served as the President from 1990 to 1994. Born in a landowning family, he moved to the United States for pursuing his graduation and post-graduation from Mississippi State University. After studying agricultural economy there, he returned to his country where he worked for a few years as a banker and as an economist. At first, he was employed at the Council for Economic Planning, and was later made the Director of Agricultural Planning. He then worked in the department of Natural Resources and later became a secretary of that department. Subsequently, he became the treasurer of the National Party of Honduras, and in the following years, acted as a member of the political commission of the party. After losing two consecutive elections, he was nominated as the presidential candidate by the party for the third time in the 1989 elections. This time, he earned the majority vote winning the presidential elections and took office for a period of four years. The primary goals of his mandate were maintaining sustained economic growth, improving the administration of justice and regaining the political and financial credibility of the country in the international arena. He served for four years and contributed significantly towards improving the economic and social conditions in his country. During his term, poverty was reduced by 8%.
Died At Age: 76
Spouse/Ex-: Norma Gaborit
Born Country: Honduras
political ideology: Political party-National Party of Honduras
place of death: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
City: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
education: Mississippi State University
Rafael Leonardo Callejas Romero was born on November 14, 1943, in Tegucigalpa, in a family of landowners.
In 1967, Rafael Leonardo Callejas Romero was appointed on the Higher Council for Economic Planning, where he worked until 1971. In 1968, he was made the head evaluator in the Office of Agricultural Planning.
Between 1975 and 1980, Callejas Romero was appointed as the secretary of that department and later served as the director of agricultural planning during 1983-1984.
In 1980, he became a treasurer of the National Party of Honduras (NPH). The following year, when the military agreed to democratic elections, he was selected as the party’s presidential candidate, but lost to Roberto Suazo Córdova of Liberal Party (PLH).
In 1989, he was re-nominated as the presidential candidate of the National Party. This time, he won the election with an absolute majority of 52.3 percent. He assumed the office of President on January 27, 1990.
Rafael Callejas was married to Norma Gaborit and the couple had three children.
Rafael Leonardo Callejas Romero died of leukemia on April 4, 2020.
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