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Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies at 83
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has died. He was 83.

That brings to end a dictator whose regime was marked by brutal repression and one of the worst disregards for human rights.

President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela made the announcement.

Varela tweeted that the death of Manuel A Noriega closes a chapter in their history. He also said that Noriega's daughters and his family deserves to bury him in peace.

"Muerte de Manuel A. Noriega cierra un capítulo de nuestra historia; sus hijas y sus familiares merecen un sepelio en paz," Wrote Juan Carlos Varela.

Noriega had been in coma since March after undergoing a brain surgery.

Noriega ruled Panama from 1983 to 1989. The six years of his rule witnessed one of the worst phases in the history of the country. US invaded the country in 1989 and ended his rule. During the six years of his rule, he made a career through smuggling cocaine and money laundering.

Noriega had joined Panama's defence forces in 1962, and due to close proximity to his mentor, rose steadily through the ranks. His mentor Gen Omar Torrijos led a coup in 1968 and took over the reigns of the country. Noriega was his intelligence chief. 

Torrijos died in a mysterious plane crash in 1981 (many believe it to be a murder) and Noriega became panama's ruler. He helped CIA in siezing drug consignments and checking money laundering in Panama's banks.

Leaders who led coups against him were summarily executed by firing squads. He nullified elections which were easily easily won by the opposition. In 1989, US invaded Panama, Noriega was captured and taken to Miami.

In 2012, he was detected with brain tumour and in 2016 he was allowed to be put under house arrest.

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