Biography of Roberto Chiari (1905-1981)

Panamanian politician born on March 2, 1905 in Panama City and died on March 1, 1981 in the same place. He held various political positions and became Vice President of the Republic. In the elections of 1960, he was elected President.

He was a member of one of the most important oligarchic families of Panama, which for decades controlled the political designs of the country. He studied at the Colegio de La Salle, where he obtained the diploma of Bachelor and merchant expert. He was member of the National Assembly and leader of the Liberal Party. Minister of health and public works. November 20, 1949, as the second Vice President - a position he occupied from 1948, assumed the Presidency of the Republic for four days. After the death of Domingo Díaz Arosemena, in 1949, he held the Presidency again. That same year his political rise was declared illegal and was forced to leave his post.

In 1952 he ran for the Presidency against his cousin José Antonio Remón. In 1960 was elected constitutional President. During his tenure, he tried to fight against the economic crisis and improve the treaties over the Panama Canal. Due to the involvement of American soldiers in the Suppression of the student demonstrations of 1964, the Government of Chiari broke diplomatic relations with the United States.