Violeta Chamorro

President of Nicaragua
Born Oct 18, 1929

Violeta Barrios Torres de Chamorro is a Nicaraguan political leader, former president and publisher. She became president of Nicaragua on April 25, 1990, when she unseated Daniel Ortega. She was elected as the head of a 14-party anti-Sandinista alliance known as the National Opposition Union (Unión Nacional Oppositora, UNO), an alliance that ranged from conservatives and liberals to communists. She left office on January 10, 1997.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Violeta Chamorro.


1929 Birth Chamorro was born in 1929 to a wealthy family in Rivas, a small city near the Nicaraguan border with Costa Rica. … Read More


1947 17 Years Old In June 1947, her father was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and after her father's death she returned to Nicaragua, cutting her schooling in the United States short.
1949 19 Years Old She met Pedro Joaquín Chamorro in 1949 and they married in 1950, with whom she had five children.


1952 22 Years Old In 1952, Chamorro's husband, Pedro Joaquín Chamorro, took over the anti-Somoza newspaper La Prensa and was frequently jailed for its content.


1978 48 Years Old She took over the newspaper after her husband's assassination on January 10, 1978. … Read More


1980 50 Years Old Violeta Chamorro's rise to power began with the assassination of her husband when she took over as editor of La Prensa. The paper was traditionally anti-Somoza, and initially backed the Sandinistas. As a result, she was invited to join the Sandinista First Coalition Junta, however she resigned in 1980 when she claimed to have felt slighted and manipulated by the junta, and shocked by their socialist agenda. … Read More


…  She became president of Nicaragua on April 25, 1990, when she unseated Daniel Ortega. … Read More
1991 61 Years Old Chamorro’s presidency faced decreased US interest to the point that when Chamorro came to the US in April 1991 to ask Congress for more economic aid, few members even showed up to listen to her. … Read More
1994 64 Years Old …  The only time the “recontras” attempted to resurface was in 1994, and Chamorro quickly suppressed the violence through a peace agreement. … Read More
1997 67 Years Old She left office on January 10, 1997. … Read More
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