Martinelli Vows To Veto Bill 102 On Land Appropriation

Monday, February 04 2013 @ 08:19 PM UTC

Contributed by: Don Winner

Bill 102, which would give the government the authority to take over lands that are considered to be idle or unproductive farms, and which authorizes the land to be titled in favor of it's occupants, does not have the backing of the president, Ricardo Martinelli.

Through his Twitter account the president wrote, "The Executive does not know whether or not it will sign Bill 102 on expropriations. It is an initiative of one Deputy (in the National Assembly). It's not going to happen," referring to the initiative undertaken by Deputy Hernan Delgado, a member of his CD political party.

Among other things, the bill would establish a broader concept of the social motives that can lead to expropriation of the land for the benefit of individuals and communities, in response to the failure of the owners of large tracts of land in meeting social functions. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Yeah, I concur. It's a bad idea.

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