In January of 1982 Honduras became a democratic government. Previously, the military basically had full control over the national government. During the Suazo Córdova administration, the military allowed a United States military presence and hosted members of the Nicaraguan Resistance, a group attempting to overthrow the Nicaraguan government. In the early 1990s, the Honduran military continued to operate as an autonomous institution with increasing involvement in economic activities. With the democracy however, the executive branch of government has traditionally dominated the legislative and judicial branches.