Monday 7 May 2012 Declared As A Day of National Mourning
Saturday, May 05 2012 @ 11:41 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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.