Omar Torrijos

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Maximum Leader

Omar Torrijos
Maximum Leader of
the Panamanian Revolution
In office
1972 – July 31, 1981
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Military Leader of Panama
In office
October 11, 1968 – July 31, 1981
PresidentJosé María Pinilla (1968–69)
Demetrio Lakas Bahas (1969–78)
Aristides Royo (1978–82)
Preceded byArnulfo Arias (President)
Succeeded byFlorencio Flores Aguilar
Personal details
Omar Efraín Torrijos Herrera

February 13, 1929
Santiago, Panama
DiedJuly 31, 1981(1981-07-31) (aged 52)
near Penonomé, Panama
Political partyDemocratic Revolutionary Party (1979–1981)

Omar Efrain Torrijos Herrera (Feb 13, 1929 – July 31, 1981) was leader of Panama from 1968 to 1981, when he died in a plane crash. He is more commonly known as Omar Torrijos.

Torrijos was the Commander of the Military of Panama. Even though Panama had a President, Torrijos was the leader. He is best known for making a treaty to give Panama full control of the Panama Canal.[1]

His son Martín Torrijos was elected president and served from 2004 to 2009.

References[change | change source]

  1. "PANAMA LEADER KILLED IN CRASH IN BAD WEATHER". New York Times. 2 August 1981. Retrieved 22 September 2016.