Omar Efrain Torrijos Herrera (Feb 13, 1929 – July 31, 1981) was leader of Panama from 1968 to 1981, when he died in a plane crash. He is more commonly known as Omar Torrijos.
|Maximum Leader of|
the Panamanian Revolution
1972 – July 31, 1981
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Military Leader of Panama|
October 11, 1968 – July 31, 1981
|President||José María Pinilla (1968–69)|
Demetrio Lakas Bahas (1969–78)
Aristides Royo (1978–82)
|Preceded by||Arnulfo Arias (President)|
|Succeeded by||Florencio Flores Aguilar|
Omar Efraín Torrijos Herrera
February 13, 1929
|Died||July 31, 1981 (aged 52)|
near Penonomé, Panama
|Political party||Democratic Revolutionary Party (1979–1981)|
Torrijos was the Commander of the Military of Panama. Even though Panama had a President, Torrijos was the leader. He is best known for making a treaty to give Panama full control of the Panama Canal.
His son Martín Torrijos was elected president and served from 2004 to 2009.