Manuel Noriega

Former Panamanian politician and soldier that later becomes military dictator 1983-1989 of Panama

Biographical Profile

Colonel Roberto Diaz Herrera claimed that there was a bomb involved with the plane crash that caused Omar Torrijos's Death on July 31, 1981 and that Noriega was behind it. Noriega rigged the elections in 1989 so Duque would win no matter what but Duque wouldn't go along with it. Rather than publish the results, Noriega voided the election, claiming "foreign (i.e., American) interference" had tainted the results. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, there as an observer, denounced Noriega, saying the election had been "stolen", as did Bishop Marcos G. McGrath. Noriega used the military in Panama as a huge advantage and as a resource to get rid of his opponents. Noriega also use to work for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) and when he was being prosecuted he claimed the accused actions was done within the framework of his work for the United States at the CIA.

News Footage of Manuel Noriega's Capture

April 1992,

    I have tricked the district court into thinking that everything I have done was while I was working for the CIA. I have received $10,000,000 from the United States Army and the CIA to disclose that it was all done while doing work for the CIA. But after many court dates and tons of debate they still ended up sentencing me to 40 years in prison. I plan to some how get out sooner than that.

-Manuel Noriega

What factors allowed Manuel Noriega to successfully rise to power and stay stop politics in Panama for 7 years?

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