Contemporary Hispanic Biography, Volume 1 by Ashyia Henderson

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Within 48 hours, the United States operation had been defeated. Castro’s success at repelling the invasion made him very popular. The revolution began in earnest when Castro called a strike over the radio on April 9, 1958 and many dissidents were killed in the street. In May Batista launched a major attack on Sierra Maestra. ” While the rebels were greatly outnumbered, ill-trained government troops suffered a series of defeats. This pattern continued throughout 1958, climaxing when Guevara attacked a government train column in December and achieved a decisive victory.

Diagnosed with cancer at age 76, Bánzer resigned from office for the second time and his Vice President, Jorge Quiroga Ramírez, was named to succeed him. The handover continued Bolivia’s relatively recent tradition in peaceful transitions of political power. Long Military Career Bánzer was born in 1926 into a Spanish ranching family. They lived in Concepción, in the largely agrarian Santa Cruz province. He was sent to La Paz, Bolivia’s largest city, for schooling, and then entered the Bolivian Army Military College.

Entered Conservative Politics Aznar began his political career in the Alianza Popular (Popular Alliance), Spain’s leading conservative political party. In 1979 he assumed the position of secretary general of the party’s wing in the Logrono region of Spain. In 1982 he was elected Secretary General of the national party. He held this position for five years. Concurrently he served as an elected congressional representative for the region of Castile-Leon, a post he also held for five years. During this time, Aznar became a vocal proponent for a political shift towards the center for the party, which had been renamed Partido Popular (Popular Party).

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