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Saturday, August 30 2014 @ 08:32 PM EDT

Still No Official Confirmation of Papadimitriu's Resignation

Panama NewsHigh ranking members of the administration of Ricardo Martinelli have imposed a code of silence after learning about the resignation of Demetrio Papadimitriu as Minister of the Presidency.

Yesterday, as government officials remained mute on the subject, rumors circulated about the dismissal (in writing) of the Vice Minister of the Presidency Maria Fabrega, who is a close collaborator of Papadimitriu.

Since yesterday morning, and during the inauguration of the new Sixaola River Bridge on the border with Costa Rica, where he met with his colleague Laura Chinchilla, Martinelli said he left home early, heading straight to the airport to take the plane that transported him to Bocas del Toro, and therefor he said he was unaware of the resignation of the Minister of the Presidency.

In the capital it was learned that several ministers close to Papadimitriu joined him in his apartment, to convince him not to leave office.

At around 12:00 noon, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Frank De Lima, also left the building where Fabrega lives.

However, no one spoke. Most of the officers turned off their phones and the government spokesman Luis Eduardo Camacho only said the government would not comment.

The resignation came the same day that an Executive Order was published in the Official Gazette, ordering the expropriation without compensation of the 54 hectares of land in John Hombrón, Cocle, a scandal that directly splashed Papadimitriu.

Carlos Carrillo, an attorney for the parents of Papadimitriu, said he would meet with his clients to discuss it. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: Papadimitriu quit, and now everyone is trying to talk him out of it. If anyone in the government confirms his resignation then it's basically a done deal.

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