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Monday, May 28 2018 @ 06:04 AM EDT

Panama's National Assembly in "Permanent Session"

Law & LawyersBy DON WINNER for - With 43 votes in favor, 19 against, and nine abstentions, this afternoon Panama's National Assembly decided to enter into what's known as a "permanent session." The idea was proposed by a group of Deputies from the ruling coalition and approved by the President of the National Assembly, Jose Luis Varela. At this moment the full membership of the National Assembly continue to discuss the reforms to the law regulating Legislative and Administrative Careers in the government, in second debate. In Panama the lawmaking body has three debates on each proposed law. The first in committee, the second is in the full session (which usually serves to identify any significant areas to be modified or changed.) And then the third and final debate ends with a vote of the full session. If passed, the law goes to the President for signature. This tactic of entering into a "permanent session" means they will keep working, all night long, until the debate is finished. They have already been working for more than seven hours today, and now it looks like it's going to be an all-nighter for the lawmakers. Again, more "change."

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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