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Friday, August 22 2014 @ 01:53 AM EDT

Executive Pulls Back - Situation At The National Assembly Defused

Protests & DemonstrationsBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Yesterday protesters caused chaos in the public observation area of the National Assembly. They arrived to express their displeasure and rejection of Bill 486 which would allow the state to sell the shares owned in the electricity generation companies. The politically motivated protesters invaded the National Assembly by force. They broke down security barriers, and tore down the large sheets of clear plastic that separate the public from floor of the National Assembly and the desks where the Deputies sit, work, and vote. Because of these actions eventually the session yesterday was cancelled.

Once Again, With Greater Security: This morning round two started. The President of the National Assembly asked the National Police to provide security so that they could get their work done. There were all sorts of pushing and shoving. Lawmakers from the opposition parties did everything they could to cause a politically motivated "show" - to the point that a couple of them got faces full of pepper spray. There were running battles with protesters all afternoon.

Presidential Announcement: This afternoon President Ricardo Martinelli announced that both the proposals to sell part of the state owned shares in the electricity generation and telecommunications companies, as well as the appointments of the new judges to fill the three seats on the Fifth Chamber of the National Assembly, would be withdrawn. At this moment in time the National Police is pulling down their security fences and getting ready to leave the area. Opposition politicians are making their declarations of victory. In short, the Executive has decided to pull back all of the controversial proposals. Tempers are calming down, and the situation has been defused.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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