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Monday, July 28 2014 @ 10:20 AM EDT

Salomón Shamah Says He Won't Mix His Government Duties With Political Campaigning

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Salomón Shamah - Director of the Tourism Authority of Panama
Salomón Shamah - Director of the Tourism Authority of Panama
The general manager of the Tourism Authority of Panama Salomón Shamah said that although he likes politics he's not in a position that's eligible for this kind of activity. When speaking to Telemetro, he said "for now I have not been offered (a political position)." He went on to say he has never mixed his role in the Tourism Authority, saying he uses "a very thick and radical dividing line." "If at some point I would have to manage or do any kind of work in politics, and if that would conflict with my duties, then I would have to choose between leaving the Tourism Authority in order to do any sort of political campaign," said Shamah. "The president has been emphatic: anyone who wants to do politics has to leave the government," he said. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: There is a legal prohibition on all government officials that prevents them from using government time, money, assets, resources, phones, or anything else as part of political activities. Salomón Shamah was Ricardo Martinelli's campaign manager, with regards to making the advertisements and the public message of his campaign. So now of course everyone is looking at him to lead their campaign for 2014. This week the Cambio Democratico party went all goofy, with several people coming out to officially declare their intentions to run in the party primary. Interestingly, and surprisingly, Roberto Henriquez came out this morning on the news and strongly declared that he would not be running, and at the same time he expressed his support for Guillermo Ferrufino, who will be running. Henriquez also said he would like to continue working in government if the CD wins the 2014 election.

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