Jaime René Morales Carazo (n. en Granada, Departamento de Granada, Nicaragua el 10 de septiembre de 1936) es un político nicaragüense, fue Vicepresidente de Nicaragua desde 2007 hasta enero de 2012.
Morales fue un banquero que organizó instituciones económicas en su país hasta 1979. Tras el triunfo de la Revolución Sandinista vivió exiliado en Honduras y en México como opositor al Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN). Organizó la Fuerza Democrática Nicaragüense (FDN), junto con Adolfo Calero y el coronel Enrique Bermúdez, como un grupo de los Contras.
En 1993 se convirtió en miembro del Partido Liberal Constitucionalista (PLC) y fue el jefe de campaña de la Alianza Liberal, cuyo candidato presidencial era su ahijado Arnoldo Alemán, para las elecciones de 1996. En 2002 fue disidente del PLC y en 2006 aceptó la invitación de Daniel Ortega para ser su candidato a vicepresidente, ganando las elecciones de ese año.
Jaime Rene Morales Carazo (born September 10, 1936 in Granada, Nicaragua) is a Nicaraguan politician who served as Vice President of Nicaragua between January 2007 and January 2012.
Morales Carazo co-founded the Central American University (UCA) and its Faculty of Economics and Management, whose board he subsequently joined. He participated in the promotion of the American Institute of Business Administration, and helped establish the National Technological Institute (INTECNA) of Granada.
From July 1979, Morales Carazo lived in Honduras and Mexico. Nicaraguan Democratic Front (NDF), later known as the Nicaraguan Resistance. He was a Chief Negotiator in the Sapoa peace process with the government of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN). He returned to Nicaragua in 1996.
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Morales Carazo has been active in financial and business circles, entering politics after 1980. In the mid-sixties he established the Nicaraguan Bank Group (BANIC), the first private banking investment and development firm in Nicaragua, which eventually became one of the largest of its kind in Central America.
In 1993 he was responsible for the development of statutes for the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC), re-written on the occasion of the Party's centenary celebration. In 1996 he was Head of Campaign for the PLC and the Liberal Alliance that won the national elections. In November 2001 he was elected National Deputy to the Legislative Assembly as a member of the Blue and White Bench, serving for five years as President of the Commission on the Environment and Natural Resources. During the administration of 1997–2001 he was Personal Adviser with the rank of Minister of the President and Chairman of the National Council for Sustainable Development (CONADES).
On May 28, 2006, Morales Carazo accepted the nomination to run for the vice presidency, as a running mate to Daniel Ortega, the FSLN and the Alliance "Unity Nicaragua Triumphs". Ortega went on to win the national election held on November 5, 2006. Morales Carazo assumed the position of Vice President on January 10, 2007.
After leaving office, Morales Carazo was sworn in as Member of the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) at a special event at the headquarters of the regional forum in Guatemala. He was sworn in by Manolo Pichardo.
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