Demetrio B. Lakas
|Demetrio B. Lakas|
|27th President of Panama|
December 19, 19691 – October 11, 1978
|Preceded by||José María Pinilla2|
|Succeeded by||Aristides Royo|
|Born||Demetrio Basilio Lakas Bahas
August 29, 1925
|Died||November 2, 1999
Panama City, Panama
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Fannia Roger de Lakas (m. 1959)|
|Children||1 daughter, 2 sons|
1 Lakas began his term in office as the Chairmen of the Provisional Junta of Government.
Early life and education
Lakas was popular among his fellow businessman. After General Omar Torrijos survived a military coup against him on 18 December 1969, Torrijos named him president of the provisional government. Lakas' presidency was primarily during rule of military officer Omar Torrijos, and was marked by media censorship and suppression of opposition movements. He also negotiated the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaty that transferred control of the Panama Canal from the US to Panama.
He died on 2 November 1999 in Panama City after succumbing to a heart disease.
José María Pinilla
|President of Panama
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