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ADDS CONFIRMATION BY PANAMANIAN PRESIDENT, FILE - In this May 2, 1989 file photo, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega walks with supporters in the Chorrilo neighborhood, where he dedicated a new housing project, in Panama City. Former Panamanian dictator Noriega died late Monday, May 29, 2017, at age 83. Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela wrote in his Twitter account that “the death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history.” (AP Photo/John Hopper, File)

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has died at 83


Former Panama military leader and dictator Manuel Noriega died at the age of 83, the BBC reported. 

Noriega had recently suffered a hemorrhage after brain surgery. 

Noriega was the de facto ruler of Panama from 1983 to 1989, working closely with the CIA and the White House during this time to allow weapons to pass through Panama to the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. 

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 1989 file photo, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega waves to newsmen after a state council meeting, at the presidential palace in Panama City, where they announced the new president of the republic. Panama's ex-dictator Noriega died Monday, May 29, 2017, in a hospital in Panama City. He was 83. (AP Photo/Matias Recart, File)

Noriega allowed for elections in Panama in 1989, but refused to accept the result. His stand-in candidate lost to anti-Noriega candidate Guillermo Endara, and so Noriega declared the election null and void. 

U.S. authorities soured on Noriega due to his reputation, and he was sentenced to 40 years in prison in September of 1992 for drug trafficking, money laundering, and racketeering. 

Noriega had been on house arrest in Panama after spending time in the U.S., France, and Panama, for the crime he had committed. 

Noriega is survived by his wife, Felicidad, and his three daughters, Thays, Sandra, and Lorena. 

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