Eduardo Montealegre Rivas (nacido el 9 de mayo de 1955 en Managua, departamento de Managua, Nicaragua) es un político nicaragüense liberal y actual diputado nacional. Fue candidato a Presidente de Nicaragua en las elecciones generales del 5 de noviembre de 2006, por la Alianza Liberal Nicaragüense (ALN) que se separó del oficialista Partido Liberal Constitucionalista (PLC). En dichas elecciones quedó en segundo lugar después de Daniel Ortega (candidato del Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional, FSLN) con el 38,3% de los votos.
Montealegre estudió economía en la Universidad de Brown (Estados Unidos) en 1976 con especialización en finanzas. Luego obtuvo un título en la Universidad de Harvard en 1980. Fue Secretario de la Presidencia de 1998-1999 y de 1999-2000 Canciller, durante el gobierno de Arnoldo Alemán; posteriormente fue nombrado Ministro de Hacienda y Crédito de 2002-2003 por el presidente Enrique Bolaños Geyer.
Esto era absolutamente necesario por lo siguiente: era un problema no sólo de tasa sino de vencimiento, los Cenis que se negociaron en el 2000-2001 se vencían en el 2003-2004, y había un problema de que no se podían pagar sin afectar el Presupuesto de la República. Se logró ambas cosas, bajar la tasa y bajar el plazo que fue lo que se logró en el 2003, y actualmente lo que se está logrando es reducir los pagos y el impacto que tiene en el Presupuesto de la República que no da para mucho.
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Eduardo Montealegre Rivas (born May 9, 1955) is a Nicaraguan politician. He ran for president in the 2006 general election as the candidate of the Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance (ALN-PC) a spin-off of the Constitutional Liberal Party (PLC) in alliance with other liberal parties and the Conservative Party. He finished in second place after Daniel Ortega, receiving 28.3% of the vote.
Montealegre was born in Nicaragua's capital Managua, from a wealthy and prominent family in the banking sector. He received an Sc. B in Economics from Brown University in 1976 and an MBA with a focus in finance and strategic planning from Harvard University in 1980. businessman in Nicaragua.
He later became a
Montealegre served as minister to the presidency in 1998 under Arnoldo Alemán. He also served as foreign minister from 1999 to 2000 in the government of Arnoldo Alemán and as finance minister from 2002 to 2003 in the government of the next President Enrique Bolaños. Subsequently, he served as minister to the presidency of Enrique Bolaños. He announced his split from the PLC in protest of the control of the party by former President Alemán, who was imprisoned for misappropriation of funds. Montealegre objects to an alliance, referred to in the popular media as "El Pacto", between Arnoldo Alemán and Daniel Ortega, who ran as the candidate of the FSLN in 2006 for the fourth consecutive time since his 1985-1990 presidency, this time successfully. Because of Montealegre's stand against corruption, Arnoldo Alemán, and Daniel Ortega's Sandinista National Liberation Front, the U.S. ambassador in Managua openly endorsed his candidacy.
A commission of Nicaragua's National Assembly threatened to criminally charge Montealegre, as well as a former head of the central bank and the former superintendent of banks. They allege that they abused their positions to enrich themselves by illegally issuing US$400 million in bonds in favor of banks that acquired several failed banks. Montealegre dismisses the charges, stating that he was no longer employed by the government when the bonds were emitted.
Montealegre was granted a seat in the Nicaraguan congress after the 2006 general elections, since a seat in Congress is guaranteed to the candidate who comes in second in presidential elections.
After losing control of the leadership of the ALN, Montealegre agreed to run for mayor of Managua in the November 2008 municipal elections as candidate of the alliance led by his former party, the PLC still ruled by Arnoldo Aleman. Montealegre lost the election to Alexis Argüello, but alleged that the election was rife with fraud. Sandinista government's reluctance to invite any observers. The supposed fraud of the municipal elections resulted in several days of protest mostly in but not limited to Managua.
The municipal elections which were held in November 2008 were highly contested and were held without international observers due to the
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