Aristides Royo

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Aristides Royo
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President of Panama
In office
October 11, 1978 – July 31, 1982
Vice PresidentRicardo de la Espriella (1978–1982)
Preceded byDemetrio B. Lakas
Succeeded byRicardo de la Espriella
Personal details
Aristides Royo Sánchez

(1940-08-14) August 14, 1940 (age 78)
La Chorrera, Panama
Political partyDemocratic Revolutionary Party
Alma materUniversity of Salamanca

Aristides Royo Sánchez (born August 14, 1940 in La Chorrera, Panamá Province) was President of Panama from October 11, 1978[1] to July 31, 1982, when he was pressured to resign by the military.

He studied law at the University of Salamanca in Spain, returning to Panama in 1965. During the military dictatorship, he served as Education Minister from 1973 to 1974 and helped negotiate the Torrijos–Carter Treaties in 1977.

Following his presidency, he was appointed Ambassador to Spain (1994–1996) and France (1998–1999).

Presidents and heads of state of Panama from 1968 to 1989 were mainly appointed by either General Omar Torrijos or General Manuel Noriega, who were the two powerful strongmen during that period. President Jimmy Carter negotiated the Panama Canal treaties with General Torrijos in 1978, which were opposed by then presidential candidate Ronald Reagan. Eleven years later, President George H. W. Bush launched the Invasion of Panama to remove General Manuel Noriega from power.


  1. ^ "Look back at the Britannica Calendar of Events to find out what happened in the year 1978:". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
Political offices
Preceded by
Demetrio Lakas
President of Panama
Succeeded by
Ricardo de la Espriella