Carlos Roberto Reina, the former president of Honduras, committed suicide on Aug. 19. Reina was suffering from cancer of the gall bladder, pancreas and liver when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 77.
As a young adult, Reina worked as an activist for the Liberal Party. In 1944, he spent six months in jail for protesting against dictator Tiburcio Carias. During the 1960s, Reina published the Liberal Party newspaper El Pueblo and served two more prison terms for his political beliefs.
When free elections were restored in Honduras in 1981, a more democratic form of government replaced Gen. Paz Garcia’s military regime. Reina won the presidential election in 1993 on a Liberal Party platform that called for a “Moral Revolution.” During his four years in office, he eliminated mandatory military service, and created both a modern attorney general’s office and an investigative police force.
Reina also taught law at the National Autonomous University of Honduras and served as an ambassador to France.