Eric Arturo Delvalle, Panamanian politician, died at 78

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Eric Arturo Delvalle Cohen-Henríquez, born on February 2, 1937 and died October 2, 2015.

Eric was a Panamanian president under military ruler Manuel Noriega.

He served as Vice President under Nicolás Ardito Barletta following the disputed 1984 election, and after Barletta’s forced resignation, Eric served as President of Panama from September 28, 1985 to February 26, 1988.

In 1988, Eric attempted to remove Noriega as head of the armed forces, but was himself deposed by the Legislative Assembly, going into hiding and eventually exile.

Eric was born in Panama City. His brother Raúl is a former member of the National Assembly (1984–1989).

Both he and his uncle, Max Delvalle, were members of the Kol Shearit Israel Synagogue.

His uncle Max was the first Jewish president in Latin America.

He belonged to the Republican Party founded by his family.

Eric Arturo Delvalle died at age 7 on October 2, 2015.

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