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List of heads of state of Panama

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This article lists the heads of state of Panama since the short-lived first independence from the Republic of New Granada in 1840 and the final separation from Colombia in 1903.

President of the Republic of Panama
Presidente de la República de Panamá
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Incumbent
Laurentino Cortizo

since 1 July 2019
ResidencePalacio de las Garzas, Panama City
Term lengthFive years
not eligible for re-election immediately
Inaugural holderManuel Amador Guerrero
Formation20 February 1904
DeputyVice President of Panama
WebsitePresidencia de la República

Contents

Free State of the Isthmus (1840–1841)Edit

Republic of Panama (1903–present)Edit

President of the Municipal Council of Panama and de facto President (1903)Edit

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Term of Office
Demetrio H. Brid
(1859–1917)
  3 November 1903 4 November 1903

Members of the Provisional Government Junta (1903–1904)Edit

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Term of Office
José Agustín Arango
(1841–1909)
  4 November 1903 20 February 1904
Tomás Arias
(1856–1932)
 
Federico Boyd
(1851–1924)
 
Manuel Espinosa Batista
(1857–1919)
  9 November 1903 7 December 1903

Presidents of Panama (1904–present)Edit

No. President
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Affiliation Election Notes
1 Manuel Amador Guerrero
(1833–1909)
  20 February 1904 23 June 1907[1] Conservative Party 1904
2 José Domingo de Obaldía
(1845–1910)
  24 June 1907[1] 27 December 1907[1] National Liberal Party
(1) Manuel Amador Guerrero
(1833–1909)
  29 December 1907[1] 1 October 1908 Conservative Party
(2) José Domingo de Obaldía
(1845–1910)
  1 October 1908 1 March 1910 National Liberal Party 1908 Died in office.
Carlos Antonio Mendoza
(1856–1916)
  1 March 1910 1 October 1910 National Liberal Party Acting President.
Federico Boyd
(1851–1924)
  1 October 1910 5 October 1910 National Liberal Party Acting President.
Pablo Arosemena
(1836–1920)
  5 October 1910 1 October 1912 National Liberal Party Acting President.
3 Belisario Porras Barahona
(1856–1942)
  1 October 1912 1 October 1916 National Liberal Party 1912 First tenure.
4 Ramón Maximiliano Valdés
(1867–1918)
  1 October 1916 3 June 1918 National Liberal Party 1916 Died in office.
Ciro Luis Urriola
(1863–1922)
  3 June 1918 1 October 1918 National Liberal Party Acting President.
Pedro Antonio Díaz
(1852–1919)
  1 October 1918 12 October 1918 Conservative Party Acting President.
(3) Belisario Porras Barahona
(1856–1942)
  12 October 1918 30 January 1920 National Liberal Party 1918 Second tenure.
Ernesto Tisdel Lefevre
(1876–1922)
  30 January 1920 1 October 1920 National Liberal Party Acting President.
(3) Belisario Porras Barahona
(1856–1942)
  1 October 1920 1 October 1924 National Liberal Party 1920 Third tenure.
5 Rodolfo Chiari
(1869–1937)
  1 October 1924 1 October 1928 National Liberal Party 1924
6 Florencio Harmodio Arosemena
(1872–1945)
  1 October 1928 3 January 1931 National Liberal Party 1928 Deposed in a coup d'état.
Harmodio Arias Madrid
(1886–1963)
  3 January 1931 16 January 1931 Independent Acting President.
7 Ricardo Joaquín Alfaro Jované
(1882–1971)
  16 January 1931 5 June 1932 National Liberal Party
8 Harmodio Arias Madrid
(1886–1963)
  5 June 1932 1 October 1936 National Revolutionary Party 1932
9 Juan Demóstenes Arosemena
(1879–1939)
  1 October 1936 16 December 1939 National Liberal Party 1936 Died in office.
Ezequiel Fernández
(1886–1946)
  16 December 1939 18 December 1939 National Revolutionary Party Acting President.
Augusto Samuel Boyd
(1879–1957)
  18 December 1939 1 October 1940 National Revolutionary Party Acting President.
10 Arnulfo Arias
(1901–1988)
  1 October 1940 9 October 1941 National Revolutionary Party 1940 First tenure.
Deposed in a coup d'état.
11 Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango
(1899–1969)
  9 October 1941 15 June 1945 Independent
Enrique Adolfo Jiménez
(1888–1970)
  15 June 1945 7 August 1948 National Liberal Party 1945 Provisional President.
12 Domingo Díaz Arosemena
(1875–1949)
  7 August 1948 28 July 1949 National Liberal Party 1948 Resigned after a heart attack, and died less than a month later.
13 Daniel Chanis Pinzón
(1892–1961)
  28 July 1949 20 November 1949 National Liberal Party
14 Roberto Francisco Chiari Remón
(1905–1981)
  20 November 1949 24 November 1949 National Liberal Party First tenure.
(10) Arnulfo Arias
(1901–1988)
  24 November 1949 9 May 1951 Panameñista Party Second tenure.
15 Alcibíades Arosemena
(1883–1958)
  9 May 1951 1 October 1952 Authentic Revolutionary Party
16 José Antonio Remón Cantera
(1908–1955)
  1 October 1952 2 January 1955 National Patriotic Coalition 1952 Assassinated.
17 José Ramón Guizado
(1899–1964)
  2 January 1955 29 March 1955 National Patriotic Coalition
18 Ricardo Arias
(1912–1993)
  29 March 1955 1 October 1956 National Patriotic Coalition
19 Ernesto de la Guardia
(1904–1983)
  1 October 1956 1 October 1960 National Patriotic Coalition 1956
(14) Roberto Francisco Chiari Remón
(1905–1981)
  1 October 1960 1 October 1964 National Liberal Party 1960 Second tenure.
20 Marco Aurelio Robles
(1908–1990)
  1 October 1964 1 October 1968 National Liberal Party 1964
(10) Arnulfo Arias
(1901–1988)
  1 October 1968 11 October 1968 Panameñista Party 1968 Third tenure.
Deposed in a coup d'état.
José María Pinilla Fábrega
(1919–1979)
  12 October 1968 18 December 1969 National Guard Chairman of the Provisional Junta.
21 Colonel
Bolívar Urrutia Parrilla
(1918–2005)
  President.
22 Demetrio B. Lakas
(1925–1999)
  19 December 1969 11 October 1978 Independent 1972 Chairman of the Provisional Junta to 11 October 1972.
23 Aristides Royo
(born 1940)
  11 October 1978 31 July 1982 Democratic Revolutionary Party 1978
24 Ricardo de la Espriella
(born 1934)
  31 July 1982 13 February 1984 Democratic Revolutionary Party
25 Jorge Illueca
(1918–2012)
  13 February 1984 11 October 1984 Independent
26 Nicolás Ardito Barletta Vallarino
(born 1938)
  11 October 1984 28 September 1985 Democratic Revolutionary Party 1984
Eric Arturo Delvalle
(1937–2015)
  28 September 1985 26 February 1988 Republican Party Acting President.
Manuel Solís Palma
(1917–2009)
  26 February 1988 1 September 1989 Democratic Revolutionary Party Acting President.
Francisco Rodríguez
(born 1938)
  1 September 1989 20 December 1989 Democratic Revolutionary Party Provisional President.
Deposed in the US invasion.
27 Guillermo Endara
(1936–2009)
  20 December 1989 1 September 1994 Panameñista Party 1989
28 Ernesto Pérez Balladares
(born 1946)
  1 September 1994 1 September 1999 Democratic Revolutionary Party 1994
29 Mireya Moscoso
(born 1946)
  1 September 1999 1 September 2004 Panameñista Party 1999 Widow of Arnulfo Arias.
30 Martín Torrijos
(born 1963)
  1 September 2004 1 July 2009 Democratic Revolutionary Party 2004 Son of Omar Torrijos.
31 Ricardo Martinelli
(born 1951)
  1 July 2009 1 July 2014 Democratic Change 2009
32 Juan Carlos Varela
(born 1963)
  1 July 2014 1 July 2019 Panameñista Party 2014
33 Laurentino Cortizo
(born 1953)
  1 July 2019 Incumbent Democratic Revolutionary Party 2019

Military (de facto) leaders of Panama (1968–1989)Edit

Panama was from 1968–1989 de facto controlled by a military junta which appointed the nominal president, who himself had little power, while the junta and its leaders, while not official heads of state, exerted actual control over the country. Leaders of the junta were styled "Maximum Leader of the Panamanian Revolution".

No. Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Military Affiliation Notes
1 Brigadier-General
Omar Torrijos
(1929–1981)
  11 October 1968 31 July 1981 National Guard Styled as Maximum Leader of the Panamanian Revolution from 1972.
Killed in an air crash.
2 Colonel
Florencio Flores Aguilar
(?–)
  31 July 1981 3 March 1982 National Guard
3 Colonel
Rubén Darío Paredes
(1934–)
  3 March 1982 12 August 1983 National Guard
4 General
Manuel Noriega
(1934–2017)
  12 August 1983 20 December 1989 National Guard
(until 29 September 1983.)
Styled as Maximum Leader of the National Liberation from 15 December 1983.
Deposed in the US invasion.
Panamanian Defense Forces

Living former presidentsEdit

TimelineEdit

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Latest electionEdit

Candidate Party Votes %
Laurentino Cortizo Democratic Revolutionary Party 655,428 33.35
Rómulo Roux Democratic Change 609,223 31.00
Ricardo Lombana Independent 369,303 18.79
José Blandón Panameñista Party 212,812 10.83
Ana Matilde Gómez Independent 93,608 4.76
Saúl Méndez Broad Front for Democracy 13,582 0.69
Marco Ameglio Independent 11,321 0.58
Invalid/blank votes 48,782
Total 2,014,059 100
Registered voters/turnout 2,757,823 73.03
Source: Election Tribunal

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d ".:: SomosPanama.com ::". archive.org. 2 April 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2018.

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