List of heads of state of Panama

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President of the Republic of Panama
Presidente de la República de Panamá
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Incumbent
Juan Carlos Varela

since 1 July 2014
Residence Palacio de las Garzas
Term length Five years
not eligible for re-election immediately
Inaugural holder Manuel Amador Guerrero
Formation 20 February 1904
Deputy Vice President of Panama
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This article lists the heads of state of Panama since the short-lived first independence from the Republic of New Granada in 1840 and the final separation from Colombia in 1903.

Free State of the Isthmus (1840–1841)[edit]

Republic of Panama (1903–present)[edit]

President of the Municipal Council of Panama and de facto President (1903)[edit]

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Term of Office
Demetrio H. Brid
(1859–1917)
Demetrio H. Brid.jpg 3 November 1903 4 November 1903

Members of the Provisional Government Junta (1903–1904)[edit]

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Term of Office
José Agustín Arango
(1841–1909)
No image.png 4 November 1903 20 February 1904
Tomás Arias
(1856–1932)
No image.png
Federico Boyd
(1851–1924)
FBoyd4.jpg
Manuel Espinosa Batista
(1857–1919)
No image.png 9 November 1903 7 December 1903

Presidents of Panama (1904–present)[edit]

No. President
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Affiliation Election Notes
1 Manuel Amador Guerrero
(1833–1909)
Amador Guerrero, Manuel.jpg 20 February 1904 23 June 1907[1] Conservative Party 1904
2 José Domingo de Obaldía
(1845–1910)
Jose Domingo de Obaldía.jpg 24 June 1907[2] 27 December 1907[3] National Liberal Party
(1) Manuel Amador Guerrero
(1833–1909)
Amador Guerrero, Manuel.jpg 29 December 1907[4] 1 October 1908 Conservative Party
(2) José Domingo de Obaldía
(1845–1910)
Jose Domingo de Obaldía.jpg 1 October 1908 1 March 1910 National Liberal Party 1908 Died in office.
Carlos Antonio Mendoza
(1856–1916)
Carlos Antonio Mendoza.jpg 1 March 1910 1 October 1910 National Liberal Party Acting President.
Federico Boyd
(1851–1924)
FBoyd4.jpg 1 October 1910 5 October 1910 National Liberal Party Acting President.
Pablo Arosemena
(1836–1920)
Pabloarosemena.jpg 5 October 1910 1 October 1912 National Liberal Party Acting President.
3 Belisario Porras Barahona
(1856–1942)
Belisario Porras Barahona.gif 1 October 1912 1 October 1916 National Liberal Party 1912 First tenure.
4 Ramón Maximiliano Valdés
(1867–1918)
RMvaldes7.jpg 1 October 1916 3 June 1918 National Liberal Party 1916 Died in office.
Ciro Luis Urriola
(1863–1922)
8CiroU.jpg 3 June 1918 1 October 1918 National Liberal Party Acting President.
Pedro Antonio Díaz
(1852–1919)
Pedro Antonio Díaz.jpg 1 October 1918 12 October 1918 Conservative Party Acting President.
(3) Belisario Porras Barahona
(1856–1942)
Belisario Porras Barahona.gif 12 October 1918 30 January 1920 National Liberal Party 1918 Second tenure.
Ernesto Tisdel Lefevre
(1876–1922)
Ernesto Tisdel Lefevre.jpg 30 January 1920 1 October 1920 National Liberal Party Acting President.
(3) Belisario Porras Barahona
(1856–1942)
Belisario Porras Barahona.gif 1 October 1920 1 October 1924 National Liberal Party 1920 Third tenure.
5 Rodolfo Chiari
(1869–1937)
Rodolfo Chiari.jpg 1 October 1924 1 October 1928 National Liberal Party 1924
6 Florencio Harmodio Arosemena
(1872–1945)
Florencio Harmodio Arosemena.jpg 1 October 1928 3 January 1931 National Liberal Party 1928 Deposed in a coup d'état.
Harmodio Arias Madrid
(1886–1963)
No image.png 3 January 1931 16 January 1931 Independent Acting President.
7 Ricardo Joaquín Alfaro Jované
(1882–1971)
Ricardo J. Alfaro.jpg 16 January 1931 5 June 1932 National Liberal Party
8 Harmodio Arias Madrid
(1886–1963)
No image.png 5 June 1932 1 October 1936 National Revolutionary Party 1932
9 Juan Demóstenes Arosemena
(1879–1939)
No image.png 1 October 1936 16 December 1939 National Liberal Party 1936 Died in office.
Ezequiel Fernández
(1886–1946)
No image.png 16 December 1939 18 December 1939 National Revolutionary Party Acting President.
Augusto Samuel Boyd
(1879–1957)
No image.png 18 December 1939 1 October 1940 National Revolutionary Party Acting President.
10 Arnulfo Arias
(1901–1988)
No image.png 1 October 1940 9 October 1941 National Revolutionary Party 1940 First tenure.
Deposed in a coup d'état.
11 Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango
(1899–1969)
No image.png 9 October 1941 15 June 1945 Independent
Enrique Adolfo Jiménez
(1888–1970)
No image.png 15 June 1945 7 August 1948 National Liberal Party 1945 Provisional President.
12 Domingo Díaz Arosemena
(1875–1949)
No image.png 7 August 1948 28 July 1949 National Liberal Party 1948 Resigned after a heart attack, and died less than a month later.
13 Daniel Chanis Pinzón
(1892–1961)
No image.png 28 July 1949 20 November 1949 National Liberal Party
14 Roberto Francisco Chiari Remón
(1905–1981)
Roberto F. Chiari.jpg 20 November 1949 24 November 1949 National Liberal Party First tenure.
(10) Arnulfo Arias
(1901–1988)
No image.png 24 November 1949 9 May 1951 Panameñista Party Second tenure.
15 Alcibíades Arosemena
(1883–1958)
No image.png 9 May 1951 1 October 1952 Authentic Revolutionary Party
16 José Antonio Remón Cantera
(1908–1955)
Estatua de José Antonio Remón Cantera - Sede de la Policía Nacional de Panamá (2012).jpg 1 October 1952 2 January 1955 National Patriotic Coalition 1952 Assassinated.
17 José Ramón Guizado
(1899–1964)
No image.png 2 January 1955 29 March 1955 National Patriotic Coalition
18 Ricardo Arias
(1912–1993)
No image.png 29 March 1955 1 October 1956 National Patriotic Coalition
19 Ernesto de la Guardia
(1904–1983)
No image.png 1 October 1956 1 October 1960 National Patriotic Coalition 1956
(14) Roberto Francisco Chiari Remón
(1905–1981)
Roberto F. Chiari.jpg 1 October 1960 1 October 1964 National Liberal Party 1960 Second tenure.
20 Marco Aurelio Robles
(1908–1990)
No image.png 1 October 1964 1 October 1968 National Liberal Party 1964
(10) Arnulfo Arias
(1901–1988)
No image.png 1 October 1968 11 October 1968 Panameñista Party 1968 Third tenure.
Deposed in a coup d'état.
José María Pinilla Fábrega
(1919–1979)
No image.png 12 October 1968 18 December 1969 National Guard Chairman of the Provisional Junta.
21 Colonel
Bolívar Urrutia Parrilla
(1918–2005)
No image.png President.
22 Demetrio B. Lakas
(1925–1999)
No image.png 19 December 1969 11 October 1978 Independent 1972 Chairman of the Provisional Junta to 11 October 1972.
23 Aristides Royo
(1940–)
Aristides Royo (6713987733) (cropped).jpg 11 October 1978 31 July 1982 Democratic Revolutionary Party 1978
24 Ricardo de la Espriella
(1934–)
De-la-espriella-crop.jpg 31 July 1982 13 February 1984 Democratic Revolutionary Party
25 Jorge Illueca
(1918–2012)
No image.png 13 February 1984 11 October 1984 Independent
26 Nicolás Ardito Barletta Vallarino
(1938–)
Nicolás Ardito Barletta Vallarino.jpg 11 October 1984 28 September 1985 Democratic Revolutionary Party 1984
Eric Arturo Delvalle
(1937–2015)
No image.png 28 September 1985 26 February 1988 Republican Party Acting President.
Manuel Solís Palma
(1917–2009)
No image.png 26 February 1988 1 September 1989 Democratic Revolutionary Party Acting President.
Francisco Rodríguez
(1938–)
No image.png 1 September 1989 20 December 1989 Democratic Revolutionary Party Provisional President.
Deposed in the US invasion.
27 Guillermo Endara
(1936–2009)
Guillermo Endara 1993.jpg 20 December 1989 1 September 1994 Panameñista Party 1989
28 Ernesto Pérez Balladares
(1946–)
No image.png 1 September 1994 1 September 1999 Democratic Revolutionary Party 1994
29 Mireya Moscoso
(1946–)
Mireya Moscoso.jpg 1 September 1999 1 September 2004 Panameñista Party 1999 Widow of Arnulfo Arias.
30 Martín Torrijos
(1963–)
Panama.MartinTorrijos.01.jpg 1 September 2004 1 July 2009 Democratic Revolutionary Party 2004 Son of Omar Torrijos.
31 Ricardo Martinelli
(1951–)
Ricardo Martinelli Presidente de Panamá.jpg 1 July 2009 1 July 2014 Democratic Change 2009
32 Juan Carlos Varela
(1963–)
Juan Carlos Varela (2014).jpg 1 July 2014 Incumbent Panameñista Party 2014

Military (de facto) leaders of Panama (1968–1989)[edit]

No. Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Military Affiliation Notes
1 Brigadier-General
Omar Torrijos
(1929–1981)
Omar Torrijos 1977.jpg 11 October 1968 31 July 1981 National Guard Styled as Maximum Leader of the Panamanian Revolution from 1972.
Killed in an air crash.
2 Colonel
Florencio Flores Aguilar
No image.png 31 July 1981 3 March 1982 National Guard
3 Colonel
Rubén Darío Paredes
(1933–)
No image.png 3 March 1982 12 August 1983 National Guard
4 General
Manuel Noriega
(1934–2017)
Manuel Noriega mugshot cropped.jpg 12 August 1983 20 December 1989 National Guard
(until 29 September 1983.)
Styled as Maximum Leader of the National Liberation from 15 December 1983.
Deposed in the US invasion.
Panamanian Defense Forces

Latest election[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Juan Carlos Varela Panameñista Party 724,762 39.09
José Domingo Arias Democratic Change 581,828 31.38
Juan Carlos Navarro Democratic Revolutionary Party 521,842 28.14
Genaro López Broad Front for Democracy 11,127 0.60
Juan Jované Independent 10,805 0.58
Esteban Rodríguez Independent 2,240 0.12
Gerardo Barroso Independent 1,598 0.09
Valid votes 1,854,202 98.30
Invalid votes 17,162 0.91
Blank votes 14,944 0.79
Total votes 1,886,308 100.00
Registered voters/turnout 2,457,401 76.76
Source: Election Tribunal (100% of polling stations counted)

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