Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has died at the age of 83 following brain surgery this year.

Noriega, who ruled Panama from 1983 to 1989, spied for the CIA until the United States invaded and toppled his corrupt government, ending a criminal career that saw him working with drug traffickers such as Pablo Escobar. 

President Juan Carlos Varela announced Noriega’s death on Twitter late on Monday, and said his passing marked the closing of a chapter in the Central American country’s history. He said Noriega’s family should have the right to bury the former leader in peace.

Priscilla Wolmer
Directrice de la rédaction