Carlos Roberto Flores Facussé
(born 10 March 1950) was President of Honduras
from 27 January 1998 to 27 January 2002 and President of the National Congress
from 25 January 1994 to 25 January 1998.
Flores Facussé is the son of Honduran journalist Oscar Flores Midence
and Margarita Facussé de Flores, and is of Palestinian descent. He and his sister Celsa Flores, an artist, both attended the American School of Tegucigalpa
. Mr. Flores furthered his education at Louisiana State University
(LSU), where he graduated with a degree in industrial engineering
. He also became a member of Phi Iota Alpha
. He later completed a masters degree in International Economics and Finance at the same institution. He met his future wife, Mary Flake, while at LSU.
Soon after, he returned to Honduras where he began managing the family business (La Tribuna
) and participating in private and public committees, including the Honduran Central Bank and the Institute of Social Security. During the 1970s, Flores became involved in Honduran political life, joining the Liberal Party
. He later became a congressman, representing the department (political division equivalent to a province) of Francisco Morazán
. He served as Minister of the Presidency under the rule of Liberal president Roberto Suazo
from 1982 to 1984. During his tenure as president of Honduras, Hurricane Mitch destroyed the country's infrastructure and left tremendous devastation in its wake.