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Wednesday, August 20 2014 @ 12:34 PM EDT

An Early Start To Sessions In The National Assembly on Monday Afternoon

Law & LawyersFor this Monday, June 18, there has been an unusual call to bring the National Assembly into session, which coincides with a protest called by the newly formed Front for Democracy - comprised of the Panameņista, PRD and Popular political parties - in support of the opposition lawmakers who will oppose on that day the approval on the third and final reading Bill 486, which amends Law 6 of 1997, which established the regulatory framework for the provision of electric service. The Panameņista lawmaker Luis Eduardo Quirķs told La Prensa that deputies were called into session at 2:00 pm, an hour before the traditional start time. Vice President Juan Carlos Varela also confirmed the unusual start time for the call to session, and he said in light of this they will be calling upon the citizens to attend the National Assembly starting at 2:00 pm.

Quiros explained the "call to session" in the National Assembly is traditionally set between 3:00 - 3:30 pm, with the meetings of the full body of starting between 4:00 - 4:30 pm. He said the meeting of the full body generally begins at that time (late) due to a lack of a quorum, related to the absence of deputies from the Cambio Democratico party. Consultations For The Appointment of Supreme Court Judges: Another aspect drawing the attention of Varela and Quiros is that the consultations on all three of the judges who were newly appointed to sit in the Fifth Chamber of Constitutional Guarantees of the Supreme Court will take place today, Saturday 16 June and tomorrow, Sunday. Although Quiros does not directly handle the information, he said when the Credentials Committee of the Assembly comes into session they may make observations on the three appointees. Public comments or observations on the designations can be sent via email to (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: The Cambio Democratico has complete and total control of the National Assembly through their own Deputies, and their allies in the Molirena political party. The Panameņistas, PRD, and Popular parties can bitch, moan, whine, and complain - but they don't have the political power to stop anything. All of these opposition groups are now (right now) mobilizing their forces in an attempt to rally the troops and to get the public motivated enough to come out and protest. By changing the start time on Monday the CD is trying to get things rolling inside before protests can get going outside. It's going to be an interesting week in Panama, that's for sure. I'll try to keep up as the events unfold.

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