March 7, 2017 / 9:54 PM / 6 months ago

Ex-Panama dictator Noriega in critical condition after brain operation

FILE PHOTO: Manuel Noriega, 77, Panama's former strongman, poses for a photograph in this picture received by Reuters in Panama City December 14, 2011. REUTERS/Panama's Ministry of Government and Justice/Handout/File Photo

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, 83, is in a critical condition after an operation on Tuesday to remove a benign tumor from his brain, his family said.

“He has a major brain hemorrhage and is in a serious condition,” his daughter Lorena Noriega told reporters outside the Santo Tomas hospital where he was operated on. She also noted that his condition was “critical”.

Noriega ruled Panama from 1983 to 1989, and his lawyer said earlier on Tuesday the operation had been a success.

Reporting by Elida Moreno

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