Juan Carlos Varela
|Juan Carlos Varela|
|President 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|
|Alma mater||Georgia Institute of Technology|
Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez (born 12 December 1963) is a Panamanian politician who has been President of Panama since 2014. Previously he served as Vice President of Panama from 2009 to 2014; he was also Minister of Foreign Relations from July 2009 to August 2011. He has been the President of the Panameñista Party, the third-largest in Panama, since 2006.
On 4 May 2014, Varela won the 2014 presidential election with over 39% of the votes, against the party of his former political partner Ricardo Martinelli, Cambio Democrático, and their candidate José Domingo Arias. He was sworn in on 1 July 2014.
Early life and education
Born in Panama City, Juan Carlos Varela is an entrepreneur, with family roots in the province of Herrera. After graduating from Colegio Javier, he attended the Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1985.
In the private sector, Varela has been on the board of Varela Hermanos, a family company, since 1985 and was executive vice president of the company until 2008.
In the political arena, he worked in political campaigns beginning in the 1990s, was chief of the Panameñista Party campaign in 1994 and was the Panameñista Party's presidential candidate during the 2009 election. He joined forces with his rival in the presidential race, Ricardo Martinelli, as the candidate for Vice President, and on July 1, 2009, was sworn in as Vice-President of Panama. 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.
Varela is married to journalist Lorena Castillo and has three children.
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- Randal C. Archibold, "Incumbent’s Party Loses Presidency in Panama", New York Times, 4 May 2014
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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