Panamanian presidential election, 1916

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The Republic of Panama held a presidential election on 25 June 1916, electing both a new President of the Republic.

The battle lines were drawn almost a year in advance, with Ramón Maximiliano Valdés running as Belisario Porras Barahona’s handpicked successor against the Liberal dissident Rodolfo Chiari Robles.[1]

In 1916 Porras asked Washington to stay out.[2]

The factions of the Liberal and Conservative parties which supported Rodolfo Chiari, the opposition candidate for president, pleaded for more United States supervisors to prevent the President from fixing the results. The Woodrow Wilson administration cooperated with Belisario Porras Barahona and his party easily won.[3]

Presidential election results[edit]

Candidate Party Voted for Voted against Total
Ramón Maximiliano Valdés Porrista Liberal Party (PLP) ?? ?? ??
Rodolfo Chiari Robles Chiarista Liberal Party (PLCh) ?? ?? ??


  1. ^ Major, John. Prize possession: the United States and the Panama Canal, 1903-1979. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1993. Pp. 133.
  2. ^ LaFeber, Walter. The Panama Canal: the crisis in historical perspective. New York: Oxford University Press. Updated edition. 1989. Pp. 55.
  3. ^ McCain, William D. The United States and the Republic of Panama. New York: Russell & Russell. Reprint of 1937 edition. 1965. Pp. 73.