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Encyclopedia > Álvaro Arzú

Álvaro Enrique Arzú Irigoyen, born March 14, 1946 in Guatemala City, was President of Guatemala from January 14, 1996 until January 14, 2000. He became Mayor of Guatemala City for the third time in January 2004. March 14 is the 73rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (74th in Leap years) with 292 days remaining in the year. ... 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... National Palace National Post Office Building Guatemala City (in full, La Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción; locally known as Guatemala or, informally, Guate) is the capital and largest city of Guatemala. ... The President of Guatemala has been the usual title of the leader of Guatemala since 1851, when that title was assumed by José Rafael Carrera, who had been acting as head of government as general and Caudillo since 1840. ... January 14 is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A mayor (from the Latin maīor, meaning larger,greater) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ... National Palace National Post Office Building Guatemala City (in full, La Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción; locally known as Guatemala or, informally, Guate) is the capital and largest city of Guatemala. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Career

Born into a family that is part of the small European elite that dominate Guatemala, he graduated in Social and legal sciences from Rafael Landívar University. In 1978 he became the Director of the Guatemalan Tourist Institute (INGUAT) until in 1981 he was elected Mayor of Guatemala City for the Guatemalan Christian Democrats (DCG) party. When in March 1982 General Efraín Ríos Montt took power in a coup he anulled the election results. The government offered him another job working for the municipality (of Guatemala City), but he refused it. In 1986 he became Mayor under the umbrella of the Civic Committee Plan for National Advancement in an national elections that saw the DGC sweep to power, with Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arévalo becoming President. 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1982 is a number and represents a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar Events January January 6 - William Bonin is convicted of being the freeway killer. January 8 - AT&T agrees to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions January 11 - Mark Thatcher, son of the British Prime... Efraín Ríos Montt on the campaign trail in 2003 José Efraín Ríos Montt (born June 16, 1926 in Huehuetenango, Guatemala) is the former President of Guatemala (1982-83) and former head of the National Congress. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arévalo was born December 26, 1942 in Guatemala City in Guatemala. ...


In 1989 the Civic Committe Plan became a formal political party called the National Advancement Party (PAN), and in 1990 he was their presidential candidate, coming in 4th place with 17.3% of the vote. The winner, Jorge Serrano Elías, made Arzú his foreign minister, but he then resigned on September 21 in protest against Serrano's decision to normalize relations with Belize, over most of whose territory Guatemala has long standing claims. On October 13 he became PAN's Secretary General, a position from which he resigned on June 25th 1995 in order to concentrate on being PAN's candidate in the November presidential elections. 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Advancement Party (Spanish: Partido de Avanzada Nacional, known by the acronym PAN) is a Guatemalan political party. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years). ... October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years). ... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


President

He won the first round in November, and then narrowly beat Alfonso Portillo of the Guatemalan Republican Front (FRG) in the second round in January 1996, gaining 51.2% of the vote. PAN gained a slim majority with 43 out of 80 of the National Congress seats. The main achievement of his presidency was to sign an agreement with the guerrilla group the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity, that ended Guatemala's 36 year civil war. His promise to do this had been a pivotal part of his electoral campaign. There had been 6 years of negotiations since the Oslo Agreement of March 1990, and Arzú gave them a vital new impulse when he personally met the URNG in Mexico on February 26, 1996. A ceasefire followed on March 20. Various peace agreements were signed as the year progressed until in December when a number of agreements were signed in Oslo. On December 12 an accord legalizing the URNG was signed in Madrid. On December 18 Congress passed a law giving a partial amnesty to the combatants, before the final accord for a firm and lasting peace was signed on December 29. Pres. ... The Guatemalan Republican Front (Spanish:Frente Republicano Guatemalteco (FRG)) is a political party in Guatemala. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The Congress of the Republic (Spanish: Congreso de la República) is the unicameral legislature of the Republic of Guatemala. ... Partido Guatemalteco del Trabajo Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes Ejército Guerrillero de los Pobres Organización Pueblo en Armas The Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (in Spanish: Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca) (initials: URNG) was a guerilla movement which emerged in Guatemala in 1982. ... A civil war is a war in which the competing parties are segments of the same country or empire. ... County Oslo NO-03 Landscape Viken Municipality NO-0301 Administrative centre Oslo Mayor (2004) Per Ditlev-Simonsen (H) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 224 454 km² 426 km² 0. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 26 is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... March 20 is the 79th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (80th in Leap years). ... December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Partido Guatemalteco del Trabajo Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes Ejército Guerrillero de los Pobres Organización Pueblo en Armas The Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (in Spanish: Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca) (initials: URNG) was a guerilla movement which emerged in Guatemala in 1982. ... Coat of arms Plaza de España (Spain square) Madrid, the capital of Spain, is located in the center of the country at 40°25′ N 3°45′ W. Population of the city of Madrid proper was 3,093,000 (Madrilenes, madrileños) as of 2003 estimates. ... December 18 is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 2 days remaining. ...


On April 26, 1998 the assistant Archbishop to Guatemala City Juan José Gerardi Conedera was murdered, 2 days after publishing a report on the suspected involvement of the military in past atrocities. Arzú declared 3 days of national mourning, and said it was a common and not a political crime. With suspicions that the President's own guard had been behind the murder, and amidst mounting national and international pressure, he formed a commission with his most trusted collaborators, and members of the church, to fully investigate the crime. April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (117th in leap years). ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


On October 16 Congress passed a law describing Guatemala as a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-lingual society. Yet in a referendum the following May the population (or that 18.6% that voted) rejected this proposition, which represented a blow for the government. October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in Leap years). ...


Arzú has three children from his first wife, Sylvia García Granados: Roberto, Diego and María. He has two children from his second wife, Patricia, to whom he is still married. He has six grandchildren. He was re-elected Mayor of Guatemala City in November 2003. His nephew, Enrique García Granados, is vice-Mayor. 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


External link

Biography in Spanish (http://www.cidob.org/bios/castellano/lideres/a-051.htm)


 
 

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