Ex-Panama dictator dies at 83

May 30, 2017
@Normal:Panama's ex-dictator Manuel Noriega is pushed in a wheelchair by a police officer inside El Renacer prison on the outskirts of Panama City. Noriega, 83, is in critical condition after undergoing two brain surgeries on Tuesday.

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, died late yesterday at age 83.

Noriega was ousted by a United States invasion in 1989.
Panama’s President, Juan Carlos Varela wrote on his Twitter account, "The death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history."

Varela added: "His daughters and his relatives deserve to mourn in peace."

Noriega ruled with an iron fist, ordering the deaths of those who opposed him and maintained a murky relationship with the United States.

After his downfall, Noriega served a 17-year drug sentence in the United States, then was sent to face charges in France. He spent all but the last few months of his final years in a Panamanian prison for the murder of political opponents during his 1983-89 regime.

In recent years, Noriega suffered various ailments including high blood pressure and bronchitis.

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