Juan Carlos Varela
|Juan Carlos Varela|
|37th President of the Republic of Panama|
1 July 2014
|Vice President||Isabel Saint Malo|
|Preceded by||Ricardo Martinelli|
|Vice-President of Panama|
1 July 2009 – 1 July 2014
|Preceded by||Samuel Lewis Navarro|
|Succeeded by||Isabel Saint Malo|
|Born||Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez
12 December 1963
Panama City, Panama
|Political party||Panameñista Party|
|Spouse(s)||Lorena Castillo García (m. 1992–Present),
now styled Honorable Señora Lorena Castillo de Varela
|Alma mater||Georgia Institute of Technology|
Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez (born 12 December 1963) is a Panamanian politician, and the President of Panama since 2014.
Varela was Vice-President of Panama from 2009 to 2014, and Minister of Foreign Relations from July 2009 to August 2011. He has been President of the Panameñistas, the third-largest political party in Panama, since 2006.
On 4 May 2014, Varela won the 2014 presidential election with over 39% of the votes, against the Cambio Democrático Party, led by his former political partner Ricardo Martinelli, whose candidate was José Domingo Arias. He was sworn in as President on 1 July 2014.
Early life and education
Born in Panama City, Juan Carlos Varela is a businessman and entrepreneur, whose family hails from Herrera Province. His paternal grandfather José Varela Blanco emigrated from Bergondo, Galicia in Spain and settled in the district of Pesé, Herrera in Panama. After graduating from Colegio Javier, he attended the Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in 1985.
Varela entered politics in the early 1990s, becoming chief of the Panameñista Party campaign in 1994 and was the Panameñista Party's presidential candidate during the 2009 election; Varela joined forces with his rival, Ricardo Martinelli, as vice-presidential candidate, being sworn in on July 1, 2009 as Vice-President of Panama under President Martinelli. Varela won the 2014 presidential election, winning against the ruling-party candidate José Domingo Arias, who was supported by Cambio Democrático, a party led by outgoing President Ricardo Martinelli. Varela won about 39% of the vote against 32% for Arias.
Odebrecht Bribery Scandal
In Panama, 17 business executives and former officials have been charged, and one former Odebrecht executive has said he paid bribes to the sons of former president Ricardo Martinelli. The sons deny it. Prosecutors investigating the Odebrecht case have also raided the offices of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the heart of the "Panama Papers" leak. According to Geovanny Vicente Romero, a political Analyst from Washington D.C. and columnist for TeleSUR, “until the implication that Panama’s current president could have linkages to the Odebrecht scandal, Panama and Peru had been the most aggressive countries in prosecuting these corruption cases. Panama’s Office of the Attorney General had identified 17 people connected with receiving bribes totaling $59 million. It remains to be seen the direction President Varela will take now that his own administration is under extreme scrutiny.” 
Juan Carlos Varela
Presidente de la República de Panamá
|Reference style||Excelentísimo Señor Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez|
|Spoken style||Mr President|
|Alternative style||Señor Varela or Sir|
He is the son of José Varela and Beixie née Rodríguez.
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|Party political offices|
|President of the Panameñista Party
Samuel Lewis Navarro
|Minister of Foreign Relations
|Vice-President of Panama
Isabel Saint Malo
|President of Panama
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