Demetrio B. Lakas

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Demetrio B. Lakas
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27th President of Panama
In office
December 19, 19691 – October 11, 1978
Preceded by José María Pinilla2
Succeeded by Aristides Royo
Personal details
Born Demetrio Basilio Lakas Bahas
(1925-08-29)August 29, 1925
Colón, Panama
Died November 2, 1999(1999-11-02) (aged 74)
Panama City, Panama
Nationality Panama
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Fannia Roger de Lakas (m. 1959)[citation needed]
Children 1 daughter, 2 sons
Occupation Engineer

1 Lakas began his term in office as the Chairmen of the Provisional Junta of Government.

2 Fábrega was the military Chairmen of the Provisional Junta of Government.

Demetrio Basilio Lakas Bahas (August 29, 1925 in Colón, Panama – November 2, 1999 in Panama City) is 27th President of Panama from December 19, 1969 to October 11, 1978.

Early life and education[edit]

The son of Greek immigrants, Lakas was born in Colón. Following his education in local schools, he graduated from Texas Tech University in 1963 and was honored as a distinguished alumnus in 1970.[1]


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.[2]


He died on 2 November 1999 in Panama City after succumbing to a heart disease.[3]


  1. ^ Programs Template
  2. ^ "Deaths Elsewhere". THe Washington Post.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). November 4, 1999. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Leonard, Thomas M. (18 November 2014). Historical Dictionary of Panama. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 175. ISBN 9780810878358. 
Political offices
Preceded by
José María Pinilla
President of Panama
Succeeded by
Aristides Royo