As the widow of the former, three-time President Arnulfo Arias (1901–1988), she had been President of Panama since September 1, 1999 after winning the elections in May 1999, after she had met her opponent, the future President (1994), in the 1994 presidential elections –99) Perez Balladares, was defeated.
In the 1999 election campaign, she advertised with promises to fight poverty , improve the education system and suspend privatization , and prevailed over the candidate of the then ruling PRD, Martín Torrijos , who would later become president (2004-2009).
At the end of her tenure, she was one of the most unpopular heads of state in recent Panamanian history. The reason for this were allegations of corruption against their government, but also the unexplained use of the presidential special fund (partida discretionary) in the amount of around 25 million dollars. She herself only gave incomplete information on this.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Mireya Elisa Moscoso Rodríguez de Arias|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Panamanian politician, President of Panama|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 1, 1946|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Panama City|