Panama’s for­mer vice pres­i­dent Arias Calderon dies at age 83

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Rel­a­tives say for­mer Pana­ma­nian Vice-Pres­i­dent Ri­cardo Arias Calderon, who served af­ter Pres­i­dent Manuel Nor­iega was ousted in a mil­i­tary in­va­sion, has died at age 83.

Pres­i­dent Juan Car­los Varela said in a state­ment that Arias Calderon gave voice to thou­sands dur­ing very com­pli­cated times for the coun­try. He died Mon­day night.

Arias Calderon was vi­cepres­i­dent un­der Pres­i­dent Guillermo En­dara af­ter a U.S. in­va­sion pushed mil­i­tary strong­man Nor­iega from of­fice on Dec. 20, 1989.

The his­toric leader of the Chris­tian Demo­cratic po­lit­i­cal move­ment in Panama, Arias Calderon not been a pub­lic fig­ure in re­cent years as he suf­fered from Parkin­son’s dis­ease.

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