On February 25, 1986, the “People Power” Revolution in the Philippines ended with the swearing-in of Corazon Aquino as the country’s president. Aquino was not only the first female president in the Philippines, she was the first female president in all of Asia. Her presidency ended 21 years of dictatorship in the Philippines, and established a democratic political tradition in the island nation. 
 
The United States had supported Ferdinand Marcos, leader of the Philippines, since he declared martial law in 1972. In 1983, opposition leader Benigno Aquino was assassinated, and a long series of protests began in the Philippines. Protesters demanded greater democracy and freedom. This was the “People Power Revolution” led by Benigno Aquino’s widow, Corazon.
 
The U.S. withdrew support for Marcos after contested elections in 1986. Three days later, Corazon Aquino was sworn in as president. 
assassinate
Verb

to murder someone of political importance.

democracy
Noun

system of organization or government where the people decide policies or elect representatives to do so.

dictator
Noun

person with complete control of a government.

election
Noun

selection of people to public office by vote.

establish
Verb

to form or officially organize.

martial law
Noun

legal system established and enforced by the military.

political
Adjective

having to do with public policy, government, administration, or elected office.

protest
noun, verb

demonstration against a policy or action.

revolution
Noun

overthrow or total change of government.

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