Mora did not remain a popular figure however. He was regarded as overly ambitious, and many felt that their leader had forfeited sound domestic policy for the pursuit of his own career. In addition, he was accused for an outbreak of cholera that claimed the lives of almost ten percent of the population. Despite immense opposition, Mora manipulated the election of 1859 to win, but was ousted by his enemies in August of that same year. The next year, he led a coup against the new president, a fellow cafeteleros. The attempt failed and Mora was executed by a firing squad in 1860. Despite his questionable social policies, his reputation as the savior of Central America has posthumously labeled him a national hero.


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