Bernardino González Ruíz
|Bernardino González Ruíz|
|President of Panama|
March 17, 1963 – March 23, 1963
|Born||January 11, 1911
Las Tablas, Los Santos, Panama
|Died||March 15, 2012 (aged 101)
Bernardino González Ruíz (January 11, 1911 – March 15, 2012) was a Panamanian politician and physician. He served as the President of Panama for six days from March 17 to March 23, 1963. He was also the founder of the Democratic Action Party, a now defunct conservative Panamanian political party.
González, who was serving as Minister of State, served as acting President of Panama whilst President Roberto Chiari and Bernadino's brother Sergio, who was First Vice-President, were both out of the country. He was sworn into office on March 17, 1963, at 9:00 a.m. The oath of office was administrated by Julio Mercado in the Yellow Room (Salón Amarillo) of the Palacio de las Garzas. The ceremony was attended by members of the Panamanian cabinet and members of the legislature and the judiciary. González appointed Ricardo E. Chiari as Foreign Minister and Don Nicanor Villalaz as the Minister of Labor, Social Welfare and Public Health. His mandate as President lasted just six days and he left office on March 23, 1963.
Gonzalez would serve as the Minister Plenipotentiary of Panama to the Court of St. James's in London, United Kingdom. He also served as the President of the National Assembly of Panama for Chiriquí Province and Los Santos Province. Additionally, Gonzalez returned to the federal cabinet, holding the portfolio as Minister of Labor, Health and Welfare. Later in life, Gonzalez became the honorary chairman of the Nationalist Republican Liberal Movement, a center-right political party.
González Ruíz died on March 15, 2012, at the age of 101. He had not suffered from any known illnesses at the time. González Ruíz was the last surviving Panamanian President from the era prior 1968 military coup, which began a military dictatorship lasting from 1968 to 1989.
The government of Panama declared three days of national mourning until March 19, 2012. All flags were ordered to fly at half-mast for the three-day period. González funeral was held on March 17, 2012, at the Church of San Lucas at Colegio San Agustín in Costa del Este, Panama. His burial was held later in the day from the Iglesia de Santa Librada in Las Tablas, Los Santos.
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