Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Somoza Dynasty

"Indeed, you won the elections, but I won the count." - Anastasio "Tacho" Somoza

Anastasio ("Tacho") Somoza García (1 February 1896 – 29 September 1956) was officially the President of Nicaragua from 1 January 1937 to 1 May 1947 and from 21 May 1950 to 29 September 1956, but ruled effectively as dictator from 1936 until his assassination. Anastasio Somoza started a dynasty that maintained absolute control over Nicaragua for 44 years. (Wikipedia)

"Gold for friends, lead for foes."  - Anastasio "Tachito" Somoza, pictured with U.S. President Richard M. Nixon

Anastasio ("Tachito") Somoza DeBayle  (5 December 1925  – 17 September 1980) was a Nicaraguan politician and officially the 73rd and 76th President of Nicaragua from 1 May 1967 to 1 May 1972 and from 1 December 1974 to 17 July 1979. As head of the National Guard, he was de facto ruler of the country from 1967 to 1979. He was the last member of the Somoza family to be President, ending a dynasty that had been in power since 1936. After being overthrown in an insurrection led by the FSLN, he fled Nicaragua in exile and power was ceded to the Junta of National Reconstruction. He was eventually assassinated while in exile in Paraguay. (Wikipedia)

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