Panama's Minister of Tourism Defends "Carrot Law"
Wednesday, November 16 2011 @ 04:22 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: Shamah is in Ricardo Martinelli's back pocket, so of course he's going to support the "Carrot Law" and not go against the wishes of his boss. And he's also in the back pocket of the hotel owners in Panama, and that's why the hotels and casinos are excluded from this law. Interestingly enough, it now appears that Panama City Mayor Bosco Vallarino has discovered he has the legal authority to regulate the operating hours of bars and casinos, so he's thinking about implementing a new municipal regulation to shut down the sales of alcohol in hotels, bars, casinos, and 24 hours supermarkets, all of whom are currently exempted from the new "Carrot Law." This, of course, a move from a Panameńista politician to screw with the CD. Politics, it's all politics.