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Tuesday, February 19 2019 @ 02:31 PM UTC

Rats Leaving The Sinking Ship of the PRD

PoliticsBy DEIVIS ELIECER CERRUD for La Estrella - The crisis internal the Panama's Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) political party is taking its toll. Thousands of their members are resigning from the party. Internal struggles for control of the party have caused problems. Statistics maintained by the Electoral Tribunal show that 8,616 members quit the party from June to July, and there were another 15,358 resignations in May. Such is the magnitude of the drop in the PRD, by comparison only 302 people resigned from the Panameñista party during the same period. Juan Carlos Navarro, the former Mayor of Panama City and member of the party's National Executive Committee, didn't give much importance to the number of people who are leaving the PRD. While not hiding the defeat handed to the party in the last election, he said they intend to renew the party to be a true opposition to the administration of Ricardo Martinelli. (See Comments)

Editor's Comment: Towards the end of the administration of Martin Torrijos, at the peak of his personal popularity and right at about the time when Balbina Herrera was trying to decide whether or not she was going to make a run for the Presidency, the PRD held several nationwide membership recruiting drives to inflate their ranks. There are more than 3.3 million people in Panama, and most of them are not card-carrying members of any political party. And, as indicated by this story, even those who are inscribed in a party tend to sway and flow with the political currents and back either the individual or party they think will bring them the most "stuff." In fact, I'm not surprised at all by this article. But no matter what happens, the PRD has proven time and time again they can be counted on to muster about 35% of the vote under even the worst conditions. Consider the following:

  • In 2009, PRD candidate Balbina Herrera scratched out just 37% compared to 60% for Ricardo Martinelli. Obviously the PRD lost this election.

  • In 2004, PRD candidate Martin Torrijos put in the best performance by any of their party's candidates in the post dictatorship era. In that election Torrijos managed to attract 47% of of the popular vote while running against three opposition candidates. The PRD won this election - but with less than 50% of the vote. Even so, this was a fantastic result for a PRD candidate. The extra 10% he picked up were mostly defectors, people who normally vote for opposition candidates but who were disgusted with the corruption plagued administration of Mireya Moscoso.

  • In 1999 the PRD candidate was also Martin Torrijos, but in that election he was running as the PRD candidate following the administration of Ernesto "El Toro" Perez Balladares, who was relatively scandal ridden and who left office generally unpopular. In this election Martin Torrijos got the PRD standard 37% of the vote, coming from the die-hard party members who would vote for whatever candidate the party puts forward. Notice that in this election Torrijos got exactly the same 37% as obtained by Balbina Herrera in 2009. And again, the PRD lost this election.

  • In 1994, PRD candidate Ernesto "El Toro" Perez Balladares pulled of a surprise PRD win with only 33% of the vote against another raft of fragmented opposition candidates. He was not that popular when he was elected, he was not that popular as president, and he's not that popular right now among the members of his own party. And apparently the only person who doesn't see that is "El Toro" himself as he continues to work to set himself up for a run in 2014.

Éxodo en el PRD


El gigante de los partidos políticos también encabeza la lista de renuncias Portada PANAMÁ. La crisis en el Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) tiene sus estragos: miles de simpatizantes del colectivo político están renunciando. Las disputas internas por el control tocaron callos.

Estadísticas del Tribunal Electoral revelan que entre junio y julio se fueron 8 mil 816 miembros, mientras que de mayo a la fecha ya suman 15 mil 358 renuncias.

Tal es la magnitud de deserciones perredés que el colectivo que le sigue es el Partido Panameñista con 302 renuncias en el mismo periodo.

Juan Carlos Navarro, exalcalde y directivo del partido, restó importancia a la cantidad de personas que están abandonando el PRD.

Aunque no ocultó los desaciertos en las pasadas elecciones, alegó que se emprenden a renovar el partido para ser una verdadera oposición al nuevo gobierno.



inscritos en el PRD en el mes de mayo.


adherentes perredés correspondientes a junio.


última cifra de afiliados del mes de julio.

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