CD Want's To Lock In 35,000 Public Employees
Wednesday, August 08 2012 @ 11:49 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: One of the elements of the political "game" in Panama is that whenever a new political party comes to power, they squeeze out the "old" guys in order to give jobs to "their" people. There have been a total of five democratically elected presidents since the end of the military dictatorship in 1989, and none of the parties in power have been able to "repeat" or stay in office for more than one five-year term. The end result is every five years there's a purge and a lot of public employees are put out of work, and the new guys are hired. This is more true at the higher level and better paying positions. The lower ranking positions such as secretaries and janitors can generally survive these things, for the most part. But there's little consistency, and some Ministries are almost completely cleaned out when the new guy takes over. Now that the CD is in power their gambit is to try to "lock in" all of the people they have hired. And of course they will argue that it's good for the government, stability, ect.