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Thursday, September 19 2019 @ 09:11 am EDT

Clash Between Martinelli and Perez Balladares

Corruption By EDUARDO MENDOZA for La Prensa - Former Panamanian President Ernesto Pérez Balladares hinted yesterday during an interview given to the Panama America newspaper that the current President Ricardo Martinelli was behind recent allegations linking him to a company dedicated to the operation of games of chance. According to Perez Balladares all of this is due to the fact that Martinelli is a shareholder of the Thunderbird company, which operates the Fiesta Casino in Panama. The allegation made by Perez Balladares provoked a reaction from Martinelli, who through his spokesperson Judy Meana said that their participation in Thunderbird Resort - which represents less than 1% ownership - is perfectly legal. "It is understandable the former president ... was trying to look after his interests, as he will no longer receive millions of dollars for shares his government took against Cirsa." Hours later, the spokesman for Perez Balladares, Catia Rojas, posted a statement in which they reiterated the former president "is not a partner in businesses such as casinos or slot machine rooms." In that communique Perez Balladares qualified the position of President Martinelli as "demagogic and false."

CHOCAN EL PRESIDENTE Y EL EX MANDATARIO

“Pérez B. dejará de percibir millones”

El ex presidente denunció que Ricardo Martinelli es accionista de casinos y lo acusó de demagogo y de mantener una postura ‘falsa’ sobre el asunto.

EDUARDO MENDOZA emendoza@prensa.com

El ex presidente de la República, Ernesto Pérez Balladares, insinuó ayer, en entrevista concedida al diario Panamá América, que el actual mandatario, Ricardo Martinelli, estaba detrás de las denuncias que lo vinculan con una empresa dedicada a la explotación de juegos de azar. Según Pérez Balladares, todo se debía a que Martinelli era socio de la empresa Thunderbird, que opera en Panamá los Fiesta Casinos.

La acusación provocó la reacción del mandatario quien, a través de su portavoz, Judy Meana, aseguró que su participación en Thunderbird Resort- de menos del 1%- es legal. “Es entendible que el ex presidente... estuviera tratando de cuidar sus intereses, ya que va a dejar de percibir millones de balboas por las acciones que tomó este Gobierno en contra de Cirsa”.

Horas más tarde, la portavoz de Pérez Balladares, Catia Rojas, envió un comunicado en el que reiteró que el ex presidente “no es socio en negocios como casinos, salas de máquinas tragamonedas”. En el citado comunicado, Pérez Balladares califica de “demagógica y falsa” la postura del presidente Martinelli.

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