Moncada Luna Submits Bill To Kill The Fifth Chamber - Once And For All
Tuesday, July 03 2012 @ 11:24 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: The entire concept of the Fifth Chamber was originally created by Ernesto Perez Balladares in 1999 as part of his bid to illegally remain in office by expanding the size of the Supreme Court, in order to control it. As soon as Mireya Moscoso took office she passed a new law to repeal the original law that created the Fifth Chamber. But then the Supreme Court, controlled by Martinelli, decided the law passed by Moscoso was unconstitutional, legally bringing the original law that created the Fifth Chamber back to life. Once Martinelli and company finally realized the people of Panama would not stand for this blatant power grab, it made sense to completely kill the Fifth Court vampire once and for all. All of this was a massive waste of time for no gain whatsoever - by definition a badly played and very risky political gambit with little to no upside. The only possible positive spin for the 2014 election - Martinelli can blame it all on the Supreme Court, claiming he had nothing to do with it (citing plausible deniability), that he "had" to make the appointments in accordance to the law and constitution, and now - thank God - it's been killed once and for all. No one will believe it, but that's the message and stance anyway...