Monday, March 17 2014 @ 09:51 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
He said the Panamanian people will make their choice of who will rule in the next period democratically and freely, without foreign interference.
On Sunday the Panamanian Foreign Ministry said in a press release the Venezuelan government has stated "on more than one occasion, their preference for the candidate of the political party founded by General Omar Torrijos Herrera."
These alleged preferences "undoubtedly" constitute "interference in the internal affairs of the Republic of Panama, at a particularly important moment for the country, during the electoral process," said the Foreign Ministry.
On March 5, Venezuela's president Maduro broke diplomatic, political, and trade relations with the government of Panama, after Panama unsuccessfully proposed a meeting of foreign ministers of OAS countries to discuss the opposition protests in Venezuela that left 29 dead.
The Venezuelan President accused Martinelli of being a " lackey " of the U.S. and of seeking a foreign intervention to overthrow him, arguments which the government of Panama rejects.
Martinelli made his statements during a ceremony for the last payment that will be made during this administrations "120 for 70" program in Chiriqui, also attended by the Minister of Social Development Guillermo Ferrufino. (Telemetro)
Editor's Comment: I have to repeat my earlier conclusion that Maduro is an idiot. He fails to understand that most people in Panama have a greater fear of a guy like Hugo Chavez (or him), and would rather have a corrupt businessman like Martinelli running the show than a Chavez/Maduro "lackey" like the PRD's Juan Carlos Navarro. Venezuela has been financing PRD political campaigns in Panama for years. Five years ago they dumped a lot of money into Balbina Herrera's campaign, and she lost anyway. It's worked in Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Bolivia - countries which Venezuela uses to traffic cocaine. Maduro is simply trying to expand his network of left-wing commie extremist "revolutionary" puppet countries to include Panama. His efforts will likely send even more voters AWAY from Navarro and towards Arias. And that's why he's an idiot. These sorts of efforts might work when they are done quietly, under the table, and behind the scenes. Doing it "in your face" like this is counter productive. Conclusion - Chavez (dead commie drug trafficking bastard) was smarter than his replacement Maduro (live commie drug trafficking bastard.)