Like El Salvador and Guatemala, Honduras was ruled by a series of authoritarian governments during the early 1980s, with opposition suppressed. The country was heavily indebted, with widespread poverty and social inequality, and was significantly impacted by the conflicts in neighbouring countries. The US under President Regan was determined to undermine the left-wing Sandinista government in neighbouring Nicaragua. America created and supported Contra forces who launched attacks across the border from bases along the Honduran border. America disbanded the Contras in 1992 after the Sandinistas lost elections to an opposition coalition that the US had supported, led by Violetta Chamorro.