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Monday 7 May 2012 Declared As A Day of National Mourning

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Jorge Illueca - Former President of Panama (1918 - 2012)
Jorge Illueca - Former President of Panama (1918 - 2012)
Next Monday, 7 May 2012, throughout Panama it will be prohibited to hold dances or play lively music, because a day of mourning was recently decreed by the Mayor of Panama City after the death of the former President Jorge Illueca, who died on Thursday, 3 May 2012. The Mayoral Decree number 1960 of 4 May 2012 starts at 12:01 am on Monday, 7 May 2012, and remains in effect until midnight. The sale and consumption of liquor in pubs, bars, wine bars, discos, barbecues, supermarkets, shops and distributors of alcoholic beverages, shall likewise be prohibited during the day of mourning. The decree says it will fall to the National and Municipal Police, Municipal Inspectors, and the Night Courts to ensure compliance with the provisions outlined, under penalty of fines ranging from $100 to $1,000 dollars. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Jorge Illueca was a prominent Panamanian politician who served in various posts during the military dictatorship regimes of both Omar Torrijos and Manuel Antonio Noriega. He served as Ambassador of Panama to the United Nations from 1976 to 1981. Illueca was Panama's Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama from 1981 to 1983. In 1982 he was elected Vice President of Panama. Also during this time, he was president of the UN General Assembly from 1983 to 1984. He has served as a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague from 1974-1990 and as a member of the United Nations International Law Commission from 1982-1986, 1987-1991; and 1997-2001. Illueca briefly served as the president of Panama for a few months, from 13 February until 11 October 1984, after Ricardo de la Espriella resigned under pressure from the military goons, due to threats made against his family because he wasn't playing the role of the perfect puppet. Illueca stepped up to replace him from his Vice President's position. To his credit, he pretty much got out of politics shortly after Omar Torrijos died and Manuel Noriega took over.

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