Cortizo Hoping For A PRD - Panameņista Alliance To Control The National Assembly

Monday, May 12 2014 @ 09:58 am EDT

Contributed by: Don Winner

Laurentino Cortizo, a member of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), said his party would represent a firm and constructive opposition.

Cortizo said he supports a possible alliance between the PRD and the Panameņista party, in the National Assembly of Deputies, which would allow for the necessary administrative adjustments and to allow for work on the issue of strengthening the institutions of the country, which currently are very weak.

The PRD leader said at this moment in time the country needs to be governed, so they have started initial discussions between the president-elect Juan Carlos Varela and the Secretary General of the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro.

He warned that the PRD would be a strong and constructive opposition, which would approve all of the projects that benefit the country. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: In order for the PRD and Panameņistas to obtain control of the National Assembly on 1 July 2014, they will need the entire PRD caucus to remain intact. The CD, on the other hand, only has to convince a handful of PRD Deputies to switch over to the CD from the PRD, in order to take control. Both the PRD leadership (guys like Cortizo) and the Panameņista president-elect Juan Carlos Varela know this. Varela said no one should switch parties. The PRD CEN issued a warning that only they could negotiate for control of the National Assembly, and that if any of their politicians switch to the CD, then they would be out of the PRD for good.

My bets are on the CD for this upcoming battle, for a couple of reasons. First of all, remember that Martinelli did not have control of the National Assembly after the 2009 election, and they managed to convince (buy) enough Deputies to switch over to them to gain the 36 seats needed to control. I think the CD simply has an easier chore facing them. However the administration of Juan Carlos Varela will have about 65 billion dollars to spend over the next five years - so it's not like their quiver will be empty. No matter what, it's going to be an interesting fight.

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