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Rebellion in the Panameņista Political Party or Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Politics By DON WINNER for - And now, it's hitting the fan somewhat within the Panameņista political party in Panama. Shortly after the installation of Panama's new Attorney General, Giuseppe Bonissi, the Supreme Court reactivated an old case that was still pending against former president of Panama, Mireya Moscoso. Her administration ran the country from 1999 to 2004, and arguably hers was one of the most corrupt of the post-dictatorship era. And, that's saying something when compared to her contemporaries, Ernesto Perez Balladares and Martin Torrijos. When Mireya Moscoso was elected the party was known as the "Arnulfistas" - named after her late husband Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid. He was elected as the President of Panama three times in the 40's, 50's, and 60's, but every time he was thrown out of office by a military coup - real "mission impossible" stuff. Anyway, by the end of the Moscoso administration in 2004 the party was in tatters. They actually changed the name of the party back to the Panameņista party, in an effort to bury the ghosts of Moscoso's corrupt administration. Now that Mireya Moscoso has lost her immunity from prosecution that she had as a representative to the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), and now that Ricardo Martinelli has taken control of the Supreme Court, for the first time Mireya Moscoso is confronted with the serious possibility of having to face justice for all the crap they pulled while she was in office. The headlines today are filled with a supposed "rebellion" within the Panameņista party, which is supposedly divided into two camps - one loyal to Mireya Moscoso and the other loyal to Party President and Panamanian Vice President Juan Carlos Varela. Any noise Panameņista's might be making about not being happy with the administration of Ricardo Martinelli should be taken in context. If it wasn't for the alliance they struck with him, they would be on the outside looking in. If Mireya Moscoso has to respond for some of the more corrupt acts committed by her administration, then I can only applaud. Anyway, you might be seeing more from some elements of the Panameņista party, but in fact it's just more chickens finally coming home to roost. And, Ricardo Martinelli is sticking to his campaign promise of making corrupt former officials pay - no matter what party they came from. And remember, before Ricardo Martinelli and his Cambio Democratico party, political power in Panama had shifted back and forth between the PRD and the Panameņistas since about 1931. He is a real game-changer, and the old timers on both sides don't like the new paradigm very much. The little guys, however, are really diggin' it - Martinelli still has a 70%+ approval rating. So a few Panameņistas are complaining, so what?

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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