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Maximum Leader

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

February 13, 1929
Santiago, Panama
Died July 31, 1981(1981-07-31) (aged 52)
near Penonomé, Panama
Political party Democratic 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.

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


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