Contributed by: AnonymousToday the National Assembly approved Law 583 creating the new Passport Authority of Panama, with 36 votes in favor.
The Law also received six votes against it and one abstention.
Earlier the Interior Minister, Jorge Ricardo Fábrega appeared before the Committee to explain to Members, the need to create a Passport Authority.
The National Director of Passports, Carmen Bernardez, also supported the explanation of the minister and agreed with the importance of its creation. (Panama America)
Editor's Comment: The administration of Ricardo Martinelli is creating several of these new "authorities" and then naming their directors, people who will be in position for the next seven years, as a ploy to keep at least some of his people of confidence in place no matter what happens in the 2014 general elections.