Jose Napoleon Duarte

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Date of Birth November 23, 1925
Place of Birth El Salvador
Date of Death Feb 23, 1990 (64)
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José Napoleón Duarte

José Napoleón Duarte Fuentes was a Salvadoran politician who served as President of El Salvador from June 1, 1984 to June 1, 1989. He was mayor of San Salvador before running for president in 1972. He lost, but the election is widely viewed as fraudulent. Following a counter-coup in 1979, Duarte led the subsequent civil-military Junta from 1980 to 1982. He was then elected president in 1984, defeating ARENA party leader Roberto D'Aubuisson. Supported by the Reagan Administration and the Central Intelligence Agency, his time in office occurred during the worst years of the Salvadoran Civil War which saw numerous abuses and massacres of the civilian population by the Salvadoran security forces and the death squads linked to them.

Born: José Napoléon Duarte Fuentes, November 23, 1925, Santa Ana, El Salvador
Died: February 23, 1990, San Salvador, El Salvador
Resting place: Cementerio Jardines del Recuerdo, San Salvador, El Salvador
Political party: Christian Democratic Party
Spouse(s): Inés Durán de Duarte (died 2011)
Alma mater: University of Notre Dame
Profession: politician, military, civil engineer
Vice President: Rodolfo Antonio Claramount Castillo (1984-1989)
Preceded by: Álvaro Magaña
Succeeded by: Alfredo Cristiani

About Jose Napoleon Duarte

Member of the Christian Democratic Party who was the President of El Salvador from 1984 to 1989. His reign was known for its violence against the civilian population and its human rights abuses.

Before Fame

He was a founding member of the Christian Democratic Party after studying Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.


He led the 1979 coup that brought the Revolutionary Government into power in 1982.

Family Life

He was married to Ines Duran de Duarte at the time of his death.


He was succeeded by Alfredo Cristiani as President of El Salvador in 1989.

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