Demetrio B. Lakas

Demetrio Basilio Lakas Bahas (August 29, 1925 in Colón, Panama – November 2, 1999 in Panama City) is 27th President of Panama from December 19, 1969 to October 11, 1978.

Demetrio B. Lakas
Demetrio B Lakas
27th President of Panama
In office
December 19, 19691 – October 11, 1978
Vice PresidentArturo Sucre (1972-1975)
Gerardo González Vernaza
Preceded byJosé María Pinilla2
Succeeded byAristides Royo
Personal details
Demetrio Basilio Lakas Bahas

August 29, 1925
Colón, Panama
DiedNovember 2, 1999 (aged 74)
Panama City, Panama
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Fannia Roger de Lakas (m. 1959)
Children1 daughter, 2 sons
1 Lakas began his term in office as the Chairmen of the Provisional Junta of Government.
2 Fábrega was the military Chairmen of the Provisional Junta of Government.

Early life and education

The son of Greek immigrants, Lakas was born in Colón. Following his education in local schools, he graduated from Texas Tech University in 1963 and was honored as a distinguished alumnus in 1970.[1]


Lakas was popular among his fellow businessmen. After General Omar Torrijos survived a military coup against him on 18 December 1969, Torrijos named him president of the provisional government. Lakas' presidency was primarily during rule of military officer Omar Torrijos, and was marked by media censorship and suppression of opposition movements. He also negotiated the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaty that transferred control of the Panama Canal from the US to Panama.[2]


He died on 2 November 1999 in Panama City after succumbing to a heart disease.[3]


  1. ^ Programs Template
  2. ^ "Deaths Elsewhere". THe Washington Post.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). November 4, 1999. Archived from the original on April 7, 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  3. ^ Leonard, Thomas M. (18 November 2014). Historical Dictionary of Panama. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 175. ISBN 9780810878358.
Political offices
Preceded by
José María Pinilla
President of Panama
Succeeded by
Aristides Royo
1968 Panamanian general election

The Panama held a general election on May 12, 1968, electing both a new President of the Republic and a new National Assembly.

The election took place on May 12, 1968, as scheduled, and tension mounted over the succeeding eighteen days as the Election Board and the Electoral Tribunal delayed announcing the results. Finally the Election Board declared that Arnulfo Arias had carried the election by 175,432 votes to 133,887 for David Samudio Ávila and 11,371 for Antonio González Revilla. The Electoral Tribunal, senior to the Board and still loyal to the President Marco Aurelio Robles, protested, but the commander of the National Guard, Brigadier General Bolívar Vallarino, despite past animosity toward Arias, supported the conclusion of the Board.

Arnulfo Arias was declared the winner on May 30.

1972 Panamanian presidential election

Panama held a presidential election on October 10, 1972, electing both a new President and Vice President of the Republic.

On October 10, 1972 the National Assembly of Community Representatives elected Demetrio B. Lakas president and Arturo Sucre Pereira as Vice-President for a six-year term (1972-1978).


1999 (MCMXCIX)

was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1999th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 999th year of the 2nd millennium, the 99th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1990s decade.

1999 was designated as the International Year of Older Persons.

Bolívar Urrutia Parrilla

Colonel Bolívar Urrutia Parrilla (1 December 1918 – 6 June 2005) was a Panamanian soldier and former President of Panama along with José María Pinilla Fábrega from 1968 to 1969.

Gerardo González Vernaza

Gerardo González Vernaza (April 13, 1929 – October 21, 2006) is a Panamanian politician from Veraguas Province. He served as Vice President of Panama and President of the National Assembly, serving in the latter post from 1997 to 1999.

José María Pinilla Fábrega

José María Pinilla Fábrega (November 28, 1919 – August 10, 1979) was Chairman of the Provisional Junta of Panama from October 12, 1968 to December 18, 1969.


Lakas means strength, power in Tagalog and may refer to:

Lakas ng Bayan (English: People's Power), a political party in the Philippines

Lakas–CMD, a political party in the Philippines founded in 2009

Lakas–CMD (1991), a political party in the Philippines founded in 1991

Demetrio B. Lakas (1925–1999), president of Panama

Lakas Tama, studio album by comedian Vice Ganda

List of Texas Tech University alumni

Texas Tech University, often referred to as Texas Tech or TTU, is a public, coeducational, research university located in Lubbock, Texas. Established on February 10, 1923, and originally known as Texas Technological College, it is the leading institution of the Texas Tech University System and has the sixth largest student body in the state of Texas. It is the only school in Texas to house an undergraduate institution, law school, and medical school at the same location. Initial enrollment in 1925 was 910 students; as of 2009, the university has 30,049 students from more than 110 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Since its first graduating class in 1927 of 26 students, Texas Tech has awarded more than 221,000 degrees, including 45,000 graduate and professional degrees to its alumni. The Texas Tech Alumni Association, with over 27,000 members, operates more than 120 chapters in cities throughout the United States and the world.Throughout Texas Tech's history, alumni have played prominent roles in many different fields. Among the university's Distinguished Alumni is Demetrio B. Lakas, President of the Republic of Panama from 1969 to 1978. Three United States Governors, Daniel I. J. Thornton, Governor of Colorado from 1951 to 1955, John Burroughs, Governor of New Mexico from 1959 to 1961, and Preston Smith, Governor of Texas from 1968 to 1972, are graduates of the university. Three astronauts, including Rick Husband, the final commander of Space Shuttle Columbia and recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. U.S. Marine Corps Major and Medal of Honor recipient, George H. O'Brien, Jr., is a distinguished alumnus. Richard E. Cavazos is a two-time Distinguished Service Cross recipient and the first Hispanic and Mexican American to advance to the rank of four-star general in the U.S. Army. The school's influence on the business world is seen in such people as General Motors Chairman and CEO Edward Whitacre, Jr., Finisar CEO Jerry S. Rawls, Belo Corporation CEO Dunia A. Shive, and Wellpoint, Inc. president and CEO Angela Braly, ranked by Fortune magazine as the most powerful woman in business. Others among the university's alumni are folk rocker John Denver, country singer Pat Green, and actor George Eads. John Hinckley, Jr., who attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1981, attended the university sporadically from 1973 to 1980.

List of heads of state of Panama

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.

List of state leaders in 1969

This is a list of heads of state, heads of governments, and other rulers in the year 1969.

List of state leaders in 1970

This is a list of heads of state, heads of governments, and other rulers in the year 1970.

List of state leaders in 1974

This is a list of heads of state, heads of governments, and other rulers in the year 1974.

List of state leaders in 1975

This is a list of heads of state, heads of governments, and other rulers in the year 1975.

Mexico–Panama relations

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Panama ( (listen) PAN-ə-mah; Spanish: Panamá [panaˈma]), officially the Republic of Panama (Spanish: República de Panamá), is a country in Central America, bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly half the country's 4 million people.Panama was inhabited by indigenous tribes before Spanish colonists arrived in the 16th century. It broke away from Spain in 1821 and joined the Republic of Gran Colombia, a union of Nueva Granada, Ecuador, and Venezuela. After Gran Colombia dissolved in 1831, Panama and Nueva Granada eventually became the Republic of Colombia. With the backing of the United States, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903, allowing the construction of the Panama Canal to be completed by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. The 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties led to the transfer of the Canal from the United States to Panama on December 31, 1999.Revenue from canal tolls continues to represent a significant portion of Panama's GDP, although commerce, banking, and tourism are major and growing sectors. In 2015 Panama ranked 60th in the world in terms of the Human Development Index. Since 2010, Panama has been the second-most competitive economy in Latin America, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index. Covering around 40 percent of its land area, Panama's jungles are home to an abundance of tropical plants and animals – some of them found nowhere else on the planet. Panama is a founding member of the United Nations and other international organizations such as OAS, LAIA, G77, WHO and NAM.

United States presidential visits to Central America

Eleven United States presidents and three presidents-elect have made thirty-four presidential visits to Central America. The first visit by an incumbent president to a country in Central America was made in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt. The trip, to Panama, was the first international presidential trip in U.S. history, and signaled the start of a new era in how presidents conducted diplomatic relations with other countries. In 1928, Herbert Hoover, during the time when he was president-elect, visited the region during his historic "good will" trip, to Central and South America.The number of visits made to each country in the region are: nine to Panama, seven to Costa Rica, five to El Salvador, four to Honduras, three to Guatemala, and three to Nicaragua. Belize has not been visited by an American president.

Vice President of Panama

The Vice President of Panama is the second-highest political position in the Government of Panama. Since 2009, the position of Vice President has been held by only one person.Before 1945 there were positions of presidential designates elected by the National Assembly for a two-year term. The positions of presidential designates were replaced in 1945 by two vice presidents.

According to the current current constitution, Vice President is elected in the same ticket as the President of Panama.

Xavier College, Panama

Xavier College, Panama, (Colegio Javier) is located in a suburb of Panama City and traces its current presence to 1948. It is coeducational, pre-primary through high school, and is run by the Society of Jesus.

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