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FAD Presidential Candidate Genaro Lopez Calls For Higher Wages

PoliticsThe winner of the primary elections for the Broad Front for Democracy (FAD) party - who will be representing the party during the national elections in May 2014 - Genaro Lopez, gave his acceptance speech on Sunday at the party's headquarters when the election results were released, saying it is necessary to increase increase wages, provide water to the Panamanian population, rescue agriculture and provide food security.

Lopez said "the sector of agriculture has been abandoned by the traditional parties ... let's focus on lowering food prices so it can reach the people, to eliminate the food insecurity that exists at the moment."

Lopez said democracy and human rights must be respected, and that he would repeal Law 74 if elected.

"I will provide special protection to agriculture, democracy and respect the human rights, and we will repeal Law 74," Lopez said. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: Lopez and the FAD party represent the extreme left of the Panamanian political spectrum. At this moment in time they have zero chance of actually winning the May 2014 election. Every vote they attract will be one less for the PRD, which currently gets most of the extreme left commie whack-job vote at the moment. So with the emergence of this FAD party, the PRD weakens by an amount roughly equal to whatever support the FAD generates for themselves. In doing the political math this is a good thing for Jose Domingo Arias, Ricardo Martinelli and the CD. They are generally center-right businessmen so they will lose practically no votes to the FAD.

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Ricardo Martinelli will refuse to leave office in 2014

PoliticsNo matter how many times he's denied it - the majority of the population - 51% - think the president, Ricardo Martinelli, will try to stay in power beyond his term, which ends on June 30, 2014.

This was recorded in a survey conducted by the company Quantix Panama, from 15 to 18 November 2013 of 1,212 people with a margin of error of 2.8%.

44% responded that Martinelli will not try to change the rules of the game to continue governing.

The Constitution prohibits the immediate presidential reelection during the next two successive periods.

Martinelli has repeatedly stated he has no intentions to stay in office.

He even called on his party to seek "other chump" to be the presidential candidate in May 2014.

In February 2012 he summoned 13 notaries to the Presidency, to put in writing his intentions to not seek reelection.

However, several deputies have publicly called for Martinelli's re-election and raised the possibility of adopting changes and reforms (to allow that to happen).

The full survey results are published today in the supplement "Pulse of the Nation" in the La Prensa newspaper. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: Martinelli is obviously not going to try to stay in office. I would flip the results of this (dumb ass, self serving) survey on it's head - and read it that 44% of respondents are not idiots, nor are they driven by stupid political rhetoric - and they intend to vote for the CD and Jose Domingo Arias. The 51% who responded positively to this question will most likely split their vote between the PRD, Panameñistas, and the FAD, and lose the election. This is another example of political baiting by the La Prensa newspaper and the poll they paid to have taken. La Prensa is a sworn enemy of Martinelli and the CD so take whatever they publish (on political issues) with a grain of salt. They will be pro Panameñista and negative on everyone else. Every time...

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Genaro Lopez Won The FAD Primary Elections For Presidential Candidate

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Today, Genaro Lopez won the FAD primary elections, held in order to choose its presidential candidate for the 2014 elections.

Lopez had 81% of the votes, followed by Celio Guerra with 25%, Victor Rodriguez with 1.72% and Jose Rodriguez Rayo with 0.91%.

A total of 65 thousand members of the FAD were enabled to choose their candidate for the Presidency of the Republic in more than 2 thousand voting stations installed in 194 polling stations all around the country.(Mi Diario)

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An Alliance Must Be Formed Based On Principles

Politics"An alliance must be formed based on principles,” said the presidential candidate from the Panameñismo Political Party, Juan Carlos Varela.

According to Varela, the population wants to see an alliance of ideas, values and principles and not politics to see who gains more interest. “The next government must invest on social issues such as fixing the drinking water issue for all Panamanians and improve the quality of life of the citizens instead of building so many pedestrian crossing,” he said.

He also says the Panameñismo does not share the issue of “narco-politics” or political clientelism, which is why the next elections must be carried out based on the 3 million Panamanians. (Panama America)

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Slim Chances For An Opposition Political Alliance

PoliticsAn alliance between the main opposition parties, as proposed by several political figures, is not in sight yet.

Neither the Panameñista Party candidate, nor the candidate for the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) have expressed their intention to come allies with their historical rivals, who for 19 years alternated in power until the triumph of the Democratic Change party in 2009.

"I do not see an alliance of parties, but of values. When I stepped back that was a mistake, so when they talk to me about an alliance, I'm very careful," said Juan Carlos Varela, of the Panameñista party.

He said the doors to an alliance will be open only to the members of any political party or independent candidates. In that sense, he sees as feasible an alliance with independent candidate John Jované, with whom he says he shares the same goal of controlling food prices.

"An alliance should conform to the people who share their ideas, and not through political agreements that will be breached," he said.

The campaign manager for PRD candidate Juan Carlos Navarro, Avidel Villarreal, said his candidate has been clear in stating elsewhere that looking towards the election next year he "will not step down."

"It's a fight and we're only at the point of weighing in, the fight has not started yet. We are in process of getting organized," he added.

As for the polls, which put Navarro virtually in last place, Villarreal says he has his own polling data which does not coincide with those published in the media.

He said their results show a tight election, but he said they will be the victors, because they have proposals that solve problems.

Recently, former President Ernesto Pérez Balladares recommended a single opposition alliance to win the upcoming general election.

According to the former president, "something is wrong" with the campaign being waged by the PRD presidential candidate, because the opinion polls put him in last place with only 22% when the trend has always been that the PRD could count on between 30% to 35%.

He agreed with National Assembly Deputy Juan Carlos Arosemena, that any potential alliance should be more programmatic than electioneering.

He thinks the PRD candidate should rethink the campaign strategy and seek the independent vote, since it is clear the PRD has not even reached its historic low of 35% in voting intentions.

On this point, it should be remembered that on 22 September, in a political rally, Navarro conducted a relaunch of his campaign, joined by members of other important opposition political parties.

On this issue, the president of the Broad Front for Democracy (FAD), Fernando Cebamanos, reiterated that they will continue with their position of not entering into any alliances with the political parties that have ruled the country in previous years.

Next Sunday the FAD will choose their candidate for the presidency of the country through primary elections.

According to Cebamanos, these parties (the PRD and the Panameñista party) have deceived the people.

Political analyst Mario Rognoni said for the time being there is no possibility of an opposition alliance being formed.

"In case there is a union between these parties, one of the candidates will have more acceptance than the other," he said.

In his opinion, if the preferences are polarized, at the end of the race the election will come down do the candidate with the most acceptance and the CD's José Domingo Arias.

There will also be a maximum of three independent candidates running for the presidency, in addition to the three candidates from the main political parties. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: I predicted a long time ago that the CD will win this election in May 2014. The PRD and Panameñistas will continue to shrink in importance. The "opposition" to the CD remains fragmented and without traction. Meanwhile, the CD will remain in power, and they will continue to build a whole bunch of new stuff (and, of course, steal money hand over fist...)

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PRD Postponed Internal Elections

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The National Elections Commission of the PRD canceled the elections expected to be made on January 1st, because they didn't receive timely information of the precandidates, required in each of the areas.

8 candidates for delegates, five mayors and 12 district representatives were going to be chosen in these internal elections.

The Commission stated they haven't receive the official census of the different townships to get to know who the voters are and to give the information to the candidates so they can do their political campaigning.

The chairman of the National Elections Commission of this party, Luis Guerra, said the decision was communicated to the National Executive Committee (CEN).(TVN)

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Juan Carlos Arosemena Talks About Navarro And The Surveys

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Today, Delegate of the PRD, Juan Carlos Arosemena, stated "With some adjustments we have enough time for our candidate to go back on top of the surveys."

Arosemena also noted they have to seek for the votes of independent people.

On the other hand, he indicated he agrees with the opposition alliance, but is aware people have always been against the PRD.(Panama America)

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FAD Paid The Electoral Tribunal $268 Thousand To Organize Their Primary Elections

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The Broad Front for Democracy (FAD), paid about $268.5 thousand to the Electoral Tribunal (TE) for the organization of their primary elections.

Next Sunday, November 24th, The FAD will choose the presidential candidate who will represent them in the May 2014 elections.

The president of FAD, Fernando Cebamanos, stressed the importance of the TE experience in this type of elections for facilitating the task and ensuring the transparency of the results.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Erasmo Pinilla, said the process will take place on equal conditions as the rest of the parties who have voluntarily requested the conducting of their internal processes.(Panama America)

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Arias: "The Panama Avanza Movement Is Totally Unrelated To My Campaign"

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The presidential candidate for Democratic Change, Jose Domingo Arias, said the Panama Avanza Movement is outside of his campaign.

"Now they are making me responsible for this group who is totally unrelated to my campaign, I have done my campaign by walking, talking to people, making proposals, and I will continue to do so and strengthening my campaign," as said by Arias.

He said he can't be responsible for the actions of the Panama Avanza Movement or any other movement, because each is responsible for its own actions.

Arias asked the opposition to attack him with proposals and not personally.

Arias stated "Alliances between parties does not help to solve any of the problems of the Panamanian population, my style of application has been different and that's been the difference in this political campaign."(Panama America)

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The Presidential Candidates Are Ready To Meet With Biden

PoliticsThe three presidential candidates, Juan Carlos Varela (Panameñismo Party), José Domingo Arias (Democratic Change Party) and Juan Carlos Navarro (PRD), are at the Hotel Westin Playa Bonita to have a meeting with the vice president of the United States, Joe Biden.

The candidates arrived in the middle of a strong security around the entire perimeter of the Hotel, anticipating Biden’s arrival.

Before the meeting with the presidential candidates, Biden toured the works of the Panama Canal expansion together with President Ricardo Martinelli.

During the tour, the administrator of the ACP, Jorge Quijano, and the minister of the Canal, Roberto Roy were also present. (TVN)

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The Popularity And Approval Of Martinelli And His Government Is Still Good

PoliticsA week full of opening ceremonies of different works such as the Airport in Rio Hato and the first complete tour of the Panama Subway System have placed President Ricardo Martinelli and his government in a good position.

62% of the citizens interviewed by Dichte & Neira, for the Thermometer of Panama, approve Ricardo Martinelli’s work in the country, increasing his approval rate in 2% compared with October’s results.

Meanwhile, 31% of the interviewed said they disagree with the President’s work.

Regarding his government, in November the positive qualification was of a 64%, going up in one point in comparison to October.

This stability can be precisely linked to the inauguration of works and the announcement of new social projects such as the buildings in El Chorrillo. (TVN)

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Jose Domingo Arias Leads The Voter's Preference Polls

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The presidential candidate of the Democratic Change party, José Domingo Arias, continues to lead the voter's preference polls in Panama, according to the survey conducted by Dichter & Neira, scoring 37% in the polls.

Arias scored higher than the Panamanian Party candidate, Juan Carlos Varela, who scored 26% of preferences, standing in second place, while the PRD candidate, Juan Carlos Navarro, recorded a 22% of preference.

Arias rose one point compared to the previous poll, while Varela dropped one point.

Juan Carlos Navarro remained the same compared to the previous survey.

This opinion poll was conducted last weekend.(La Critica)

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The Government Faced Several Issues That Other Governments Didn't Care To Fix

PoliticsDespite the criticism, the secretary of State Communication, Luis Eduardo Camacho, is convinced that this government, led by President Ricardo Martinelli, has solved issues that other governments have used to make businesses and never actually dealt with them.

During a statement in the show “Open Debate” of Channel 4, Camacho said many have made a business out of the misery of Panamanians.

Previously, said Camacho, “they spent their five years in the government saying they would resolve the complaints, but the money would disappear and the problems would persist.” (Critica)

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Navarro Gives Up On Alliance With Varela

PoliticsThe presidential candidate of the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro, will not call his opponent from the Panameñismo Political Party, Juan Carlos Varela, to form an opposition alliance for the 2014 elections.

During an encounter of leaders from La Mesa in Veraguas, Navarro said during the last months the country has witnessed his efforts of trying to form this alliance, but since the vice president does not want to talk about it with him, he will give up on it.

“There is a candidate from the opposition who disrespected us and as the Bible says, we gave the other cheek. The PRD did everything it could. Now we are in another stage. Who is speaking with you now will be the next president of the Republic,” said before the members of his party during a meeting.

“We are aware that our attitude of calling for a great union to save the democracy has affected our position in the polls, but we did it for the benefit of the country. We will continue insisting to join strengths from other groups to fight against this government full of vultures and raptors in which even the current vice president was a part of,” said the candidate.

Navarro changed his mind about his opponent after the Panameñismo Party blamed Navarro for starting a dirty campaign against Varela through the independent presidential candidate Esteban Rodríguez.

About the new supporters, sources in the PRD said they are going to meet with leaders from the Molirena that will join Navarro.

This week, besides touring communities in Veraguas, the former mayor of the City Government of Panama toured Bocas del Toro and the city. (Prensa)

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Varela Assures The Panamanian Party Is Fully Bonded

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The presidential candidate for the Panamanian Party, Juan Carlos Varela, said this political group is "fully bonded" recalling he won the primary elections with 99.8% of the votes, because it's a party with a social doctrine, principles and values​​.

Varela's statements were given after being questioned on the approach of the former president of Panama and party member, Mireya Moscoso, with the current president, Ricardo Martinelli, and if it could divide the votes of the Panamanian party.

Moscoso challenged her party to open disciplinary proceedings against her because of this approach.

Moscoso stated "Let them do it, let them stand up and do what they want, I will not shut up and I will tell the truth to the Panamanian people."(Panama America)

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TE Reminds Public Works Should Not Be Used For Political Campaigning

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The participation of the presidential candidates, José Domingo Arias and Esteban Rodriguez in the Line One test of the Panama Metro generated reactions.

The presiding judge of the Electoral Tribunal (TE), Erasmo Pinilla, recalled the prohibition against presidential candidates participating in public events and urged the Electoral Office to act.

Former Supreme Court Magister of the TE, Denis Allen, said public works are owned and funded by the people and should not be used for political campaigning.

The independent presidential candidate, Gerardo Solis, said Martinelli's invitation to the tour was a mockery, he asked for the prosecution to intervene.(TVN)

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Varela Held A Press Conference Today

Politics

It was reported Today at 11am, the Panamanian Party presidential candidate, Juan Carlos Varela, held a press conference.

Yesterday, a new Panama Avanza Movement Propaganda came out, so if was unofficially reported the press conference was to talk about this subject.

Varela might possibly report an alleged smear campaign.(TVN)

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Members Of The Panameñista Political Party Declared Moscoso As "Persona Non Grata"

PoliticsThe Directorate of the Panameñista Political Party in Veraguas decided to declare the former president Mireya Mosco and Arnulfo Arias Olivares as “persona non grata.”

Roldan Pineda, president of the Panameñismo in Veraguas, confirmed the information, after the directorate had a meeting.

Moscoso and Arias Olivares were declared as persona non grata after they both showed their support for President Ricardo Martinelli.

Even though the former president has reserved any comments about who she supports for the presidency of the Republic in 2014, Arias Olivares has actually publicly said that he supports the government candidate, José Domingo Arias. (TVN)

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Martinelli: "The Alliance Between The CD And The Molirena Is Strong"

PoliticsPresident Ricardo Martinelli confirmed the alliance between the Democratic Change Party and the Molirena remains strong.

Sergio González Ruiz, president of the Molirena said his party wants to be in the vice-presidency; however, nothing is ever written in stone.

He also said they wouldn’t break the alliance with the CD over the vice presidency.

Also, he said he could support the former president Mireya Moscoso in case she wants to be the vice president.

Present at the meeting were the campaign advisor Rómulo Roux, the deputy Jose Muñoz and the administrator of Tourism, Salomón Shamah. (Panama America)

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Varela And His Wife Are Perfectly Fine After Accident

PoliticsThe presidential candidate of the Panameñista Political Party, Juan Carlos Varela and his wife, the journalist, Lorena Castillo, despite having some minor injuries, are perfectly fine.

The couple had a traffic accident in Calle 50, but, the deputy and brother of the presidential candidate, José Luis "Popi" Varela, said it was nothing serious.

“Doctor Alfredo Martiz has confirmed that Lorena and Juan Carlos are fine and they only suffered a couple of injuries,” says a statement from the Panameñista Party.

Meanwhile, the candidate tweeted: “Everyone involved in the accident is doing fine, I thank the calls and solidarity messages, a hug to you all.” (Panama America)

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Martinelli Said Neither Varela Nor Navarro Would Be Good Presidents

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"Neither Juan Carlos Varela nor Juan Carlos Navarro would be good presidents," as said by the president of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli.

Martinelli claims Juan Carlos Varela would not be a good president for what Panama needs, stating "I was a friend of Varela, did business with him and had differences, but that doesn't mean he would be a good president."

Martinelli said "My little heart is with a candidate," but didn't give out the name of the person.

He also said he has a good relationship with the former president Mireya Moscoso, who in recent days praised the work of the current administration and was also present in the first test of the Panama Metro.(Panama America)

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Varela Said The Alliance With Navarro Will Not Occur

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The presidential candidate for the Panamanian Party, Juan Carlos Varela, said an opposition alliance with the presidential candidate of the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro, will not happen specifically because "they don't coincide on their principles."

While Navarro said Varela doesn't believe in dialogue or in a partnership, Varela said Navarro disagrees with his main proposal of emergency price controls to prevent speculation on food prices.

Varela ruled out the differences are to define which of the two declines aspirations, Varela said "My political project is not personal, but to change a whole country."

Varela also talked about former president Mireya Moscoso and her support for The President Ricardo Martinelli, saying "She has the right to do it, I really don't care, The panameñismo is a way of life and a way to serve the people, not the opinion of the former president."(TVN)

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Martinelli Reiterated He Will Not Run For The Reelection

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Today, The President Ricardo Martinelli, reiterated his opposition to a possible reelection, stating "I always said I would never run for the reelection, we already have a candidate who is going to win."

The president's words came during the opening of the Ahmad Waked avenue in the city of Colon, where he proposed the reconstruction of the Casco Antiguo, saying it is the most beautiful and traditional place in Panamá.

"The only thing we need to change is the decayed, harmful and oppressive mind of all those who are opposed to the changes" as said by Martinelli.

The president concluded by saying politicians lie in order to "fool people, so the people remain dependent and the politicians can keep on living of the business of poverty."(Panama America)

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Varela Downplays Moscoso's Support Towards Martinelli

PoliticsThe presidential candidate of the Panameñismo Political Party, Juan Carlos Varela, downplayed Mireya Moscoso’s support for the president of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli.

Varela said the former president, Mireya Moscoso, is the one who should explain what happened.

What the former president did has not come as a surprise for the members of the PRD, who actually say the relationship between the two politicians is nothing new and has been going on for a while now.

On 1 November 2004, an article from the Panama America said the following: Moscoso should be in jail. This way they were referring to the statements made by Ricardo Martinelli, who said the former president Mireya Moscoso and her entire cabinet should be in jail due to the irregularities in the use of funds from secret items. (TVN)

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The Opposition Reacts To Martinelli's Accusations

PoliticsThe leader and former presidential candidate of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Balbina Herrera, gave her opinion regarding the accusations made by Ricardo Martinelli last Sunday, when he said the opposition is full of “liars” and “thieves” and said “they had the same money but the thing is that they have this money in their pockets. They are all very indecent.”

Herrera said the president makes more mistakes every day and all he does is giving more motives for the civil society to disrespect him. “If you knew there was people stealing then put them in jail, the president has been part of these governments, he is shooting himself with these statements,” she said.

On the other hand, the deputy of the Panameñismo Political Party, Luis Eduardo Quirós, said the opposition has criticized the president, but this is based on all he has done during an administration he believes “has disappointed the entire population.” (Telemetro)

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Members From The CD And Panameñismo Had A Meeting At La Villa De Los Santos

PoliticsDuring the celebration of November 10 in La Villa de Los Santos, members of the Democratic Change Party (CD) and leaders from the Panameñismo had a meeting, which was the dominant topic of the celebration.

According to the Press Secretary of the CD, the meeting between “friends” was carried out to discuss the best way for resolving the different concerns of Panamanians and to consolidate the transformational social policies.

The comments were focused in the participation of the former president Mireya Moscoso, who congratulated President Ricardo Martinelli for the works he has done in the country.

"I support the President as president. José Domingo Arias is the candidate of Democratic Change and I am from the Panameñismo Political Party,” said Moscoso, who also said she is confident that José Domingo will win. (Panama America)

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Martinelli And Moscoso Ran Into Each Other At Los Santos

PoliticsThe meeting between President Ricardo Martinelli and the former president, Mireya Moscoso, was full of compliments.

Moscoso reiterated her support for the president. She also congratulated him for the works the government has done and told him to ignore the criticism; because his administration will end on June 30 and he can leave proud of saying he truly changed the country.

On the other hand, Martinelli thanked Moscoso for all her support and qualified her as an outstanding Panameñista.

They met at La Villa de Los Santos at noon. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Well, that's about as "over the top" as it gets. The former President Mireya Moscoso and President Ricardo Martinelli have formed their own little "mini" alliance between the Cambio Democratico political party and the Panameñistas. Moscoso has a significant number of followers within the party who are disenfranchised with party President Juan Carlos Varela, who is also the Vice President of Panama and the presidential candidate for the Panameñista political party. So at this point the CD has all of the support and alliances they need to win a slam dunk at the polls in May. They have all of their hard core followers who will obviously support the party's candidate Jose Domingo Arias. They formed an alliance with the MOLIRENA party many moons ago, soon after their official alliance with the Panameñistas broke up in August of 2011. The CD can now also count on the slobbering support of Mireya Moscoso and those Panameñistas who either want to follow her, or not follow Juan Carlos Varela (a significant number). In a three dog race, the winner will only need about 45% +/- of the votes cast in order to win. I'm sticking with the prediction I made back in August 2011 - the CD will remain in office and will win the elections in May 2014. Having a billion dollars to spend on the election campaign doesn't hurt, either. What's more, I expect the CD to remain in power for a very long time over the strategic horizon. I mean, like 25 to 30 years or more...

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Martinelli Says People Who Were Catcalling Him Were Paid

Politics"I feel very happy because we’ve changed this country. All the opposition does is lie, they keep saying I was going to reelect myself and we have a candidate. I’m not running for anything, and they have continued telling lies to their media, many times. Making reckless accusations.”

President Ricardo Martinelli gave this statement during the ceremony at La Villa de Los Santos, celebrating 192 years of the Cry of Independence in 1821.

The president said the opposition never faced the people and said “in four years we’ve done more than what they did in 40.”

"And they had the same money (State funds), the deal is that they have the money in their pockets,” said Martinelli.

Martinelli said “none of these politicians have businesses, none of them work and all of them live better than you and make politics.”

Where is the money? The money, in this government, is clearly seen and is in the works and since they can’t criticize the works, they criticize the costs. They never even made works at all, he said.

"They steal the money, always lie, and will continue lying… I leave on June 30 (2014) with a new country, a different country,” he said.

Martinelli said if they want to go back to the past, “there’s the opposition, with the same names and they are the same thing.”

Catcalling and indecent

Last Wednesday, outside of the new facilities of the Electoral Tribunal, in Curundú, a group from the opposition and the civil society attended a vigil against the ruling from Thursday, October 31, issued by Alejandro Moncada Luna, president of the Third Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, which annulled the decision of the TE of suspending the commercial from “Panamá Avanza" against Juan Carlos Navarro for considering it was violating the right to freedom of expression. People were also catcalling and chanting slogans against the president, who was participating at the main ceremony.

"Here, they would even catcall the Pope; people in this country has confused liberty with licentiousness. They are paying people, how many were there? Three people? Here in the Electoral Tribunal everyone has received something,” he said.

He also said “I could’ve sent a thousand people,” however, he said twice: “I am not in this.”

"We need to raise the political debate, the decency, because all these politicians from the opposition are too indecent,” he said.

He said the people who were protesting outside the Electoral Tribunal are financed by people and candidates from other parties who do not want the “change” such as social programs like 120 at 70, Opportunities Network, Guardian Angel, the Universal Scholarship, the roads, the new hospitals.

Outside the Electoral Tribunal, people like Ana Matilde Gómez, Esmeralda de Troitiño, Gerardo Solís, Mariano Mena, Oreste Del Río, Carlos Rubio, Juan Carlos Navarro (for a while), Idalia Martínez, Balbina Herrera, Juan Jované, Esteban Rodríguez, Aurelio Barría, Raisa Banfield, Jorge Gamboa Arosemena, and others, were protesting.

“Hit me, for I am a true man, don’t hit the works,” said the president, approximately three days ago at an official ceremony. (Estrella)

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Possible Meeting Between Navarro And Varela

PoliticsIn the next few days, Juan Carlos Navarro and Varela will probably have a meeting to make an Alliance. The first steps of the crucial encounter took place at the headquarters of La Estrella were the presidential candidate of the PRD and his work teem were having a meeting. Navarro said he is willing to sit down and talk with the presidential candidate of the Panameñismo Political Party, Juan Carlos Varela, to start a “national dialogue to face and defeat the government,” a wish that, according to the PRD leader, he has been trying to formalize for two years now.

In fact, Navarro was the one who had the idea of having this Navarro-Varela meeting. "I am willing to have a meeting, he just needs to tell me where and I’ll be there,” he said.

The vice president from the Panameñismo, Ramón Fonseca Mora, spoke directly with Navarro and with the campaign chief of Navarro, Avidel Villarreal. Fonseca Mora said he would send this message to Varela and soon he will have an answer to the request of the presidential candidate of the PRD.

Navarro sent this invitation to the independent presidential candidates and the Broad Front for Democracy, as well as the Church, unions and the civil society, warning that “the only ones who have nothing to talk about with them are the government parties.”

In this meeting, Navarro says the first thing they must accomplish is to establish a Government policy to defeat the government and those who support it. The issue on who is going to be the head of this alliance will also be on the negotiating table. “In this team we are willing to do anything. The country is my top priority.” (Estrella)

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Martinelli Talks About His Opponents During His Speech In Chitre

Politics

Today, the President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli, sent a message to the groups opposed to his administration and said he will work until the last day of his administration "with the satisfaction of his accomplishment after changing the country."

Martinelli branded as thugs those who criticize his management and want to return to power, as they, according to him, don't have the dedication to help the people.

He said these groups who insist on the issue of the presidential reelection will continue deceiving the people as the candidate of Democratic Change is Jose Domingo Arias and not himself.

Before concluding his speech in Chitre, Martinelli asked his opponents to attack him and not the people.

The president's statements were given at the official groundbreaking of the building housing the new market of Cold Chain and the offices of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) in Chitre.(TVN)

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