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Martinelli: "I Support The Electoral Tribunal 100%"

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The President of the Republic of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, refused to comment about the differences between the Electoral Tribunal and the Supreme Court, but he stated "as a citizen i support the Electoral Tribunal 100%."

This happened after the Supreme Court revoked a decision from the Electoral Tribunal, ordering the suspension of a political advertisement commercial undermining the image of the presidential candidate of the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro.

"I'm sure they can settle and resolve any differences by themselves," as said by the president, but insisted he will not make any comments on the issue to avoid being accused of meddling.(Telemetro)

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New Headquarters Of The Electoral Tribunal Will Be Inaugurated

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Today at 7pm, The new headquarters of the Electoral Tribunal (TE) located in Ancon will be inaugurated in the midst of an institutional crisis generated by the Supreme Court revoking a decision from the Electoral Tribunal.

However, it is expected several unions to perform a vigil to express their disagreement with the ruling by the Supreme Court against a decision of the TE, which ordered the suspension of a political advertisement commercial undermining the image of the presidential candidate of the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro.

Several people are against this decision, as they assure this is a violation of the democracy in Panama.(TVN)

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The First Lady Says She Is Not Thinking About Politics For Now

PoliticsThe first lady of the Republic, Marta Linares de Martinelli, said she is not thinking about politics. “We are currently not thinking about politics,” she said.

She announced they will not know who the running mate of the presidential candidate, José Domingo Arias, will be until January 2014.

Linares de Martinelli said Arias is the one who will choose the vice president for the elections in May 2014. “As you may know, the candidate is the one in charge of choosing who will be the vice president, we will have to wait until January [2014],” she said.

Besides Sergio González Ruiz, president of the Nationalist Republican Liberal Movement, ally of the government party, Linares de Martinelli is one of the figures that is also mentioned as a possible running mate for Arias.

The President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli, has said he will support his wife in case she wants to be involved in politics. But he has also said this is her decision. (Prensa)

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TE: "This Is A Sad And Unfortunate Day For Our Democracy"

PoliticsThe Electoral Tribunal (TE) talked about a ruling from the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) revoking a decision from this institution, which ordered the suspension of a political advertisement commercial that was undermining the image of the presidential candidate of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Juan Carlos Navarro.

“This is a sad and unfortunate day for our democracy and we believe the next electoral contest is in danger,” said the magistrate and president of the TE, Erasmo Pinilla, during a press conference.

Pinilla reported “the country is facing a terrible situation," due to the decision of the Third Chamber of the Court. In fact, constitutionalists, representatives of the organized civil society and presidential candidates have questioned the interference of the Judicial Branch in electoral issues.

At the same time, the official said the only competition that the CSJ has in Panama is when they review electoral related decisions and find unconstitutionality lawsuits, as long as the decision is definite, irrevocable and mandatory, which is established in article 143 of the Constitution.

"This regulation prevents every single authority and branch of the Government from interfering in the exercise of exclusive responsibilities of the TE, in order to guarantee freedom, honesty and efficiency in the popular vote…,” he said.

He said the decision of the Court “endangers the stability and judicial security of the electoral process we are currently submerged in, violating regulations that are stated and clarified in the Constitution."

The ruling of the Third Chamber of the Court, to the magistrates’ judgment, opens the door for it to have competition and interfere in the decision-making process on electoral matters. If this happens, the TE will not be able to comply with its regulations and norms established in the Constitution.

In this same line, Pinilla said the TE will protect the popular will at the polling stations. At the same time, he asked the Court to proceed to return the confidence to the country that must prevail in every single electoral process.

The TE handed power to the attorney Olmedo Sanjur to proceed before the Court against the ruling of the Third Administrative Chamber, according to the magistrate Eduardo Valdés Escoffery.

BACKGROUND

The CSJ waived a resolution from the TE, suspending a political commercial in TV that was undermining the presidential candidate Navarro. The commercial shows a “blank page,” to point out that the candidate of the PRD didn’t do “anything” for the country when he was the mayor in Panama (1999-2004 / 2004-2009).

The ruling of the Third Chamber of the CSJ was rendered on October 31 and the judge issuing the ruling was Alejandro Moncada Luna, former member of the Democratic Change Party (CD), appointed by Martinelli as magistrate.

Also, the Guarantor of this ruling was Gabriel Fernández, Substitute Magistrate of the Criminal Camber, José Ayú Prado, and the other Guarantor was Efren Tello, Substitute Magistrate of the Third Chamber, Luis Fábrega.

The decision of the CSJ took place after a request filed by the attorney Teofanes López, in representation of “Panamá Avanza,” under the argument that the suspension of this commercial was a violation to the human rights of the group.

REACTIONS

On the other hand, the Minister of the Presidency, Roberto Henríquez, said he was not going to specifically talk about the recent events, because they are “within the judicial sphere.”

“All I want to say is that I will not support any event causing any doubt, distress or uncertainty about the intentions of our government of undertaking transparent elections,” said the official.

A vigil was organized at 6:00 p.m. at the new building of the TE, located next to the Food Market in Curundú, to support this institution. This is an hour after the inauguration of the building, where senior officials of the Government are expected to go.

THIS IS A PROVISIONAL MEASURE, ACCORDING TO THE COURT

The magistrate Moncada Luna (guarantor of the process) said the measure is “eminently temporary” and does not decide upon the controversy.

The note also says the magistrate who issued the ruling must follow up on the lawsuit until it is resolved, which will be done “expeditiously.” This way, the Third Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, will determine if the resolution violates or not the protection of human rights.

At the same time, the statement says “it is necessary to clarify that the ruling of the Third Administrative Chamber (…) obeys upon the fact that it is not a decision that affects electoral matters, because the lawsuit talks about a possible violation to human rights.” It also says the issue has to be handled by the Third Chamber, as it is stated in Article 97, paragraph 15 of the Judicial Code.

DIFFERENCES

On the other hand, the Government considered that the differences between the TE and the Third Administrative Chamber must be overcome by both institutions without any external influence of any kind and according to the procedures established by the Constitution and the law.

The Communication Secretary of the Government, through their bulletin, informed that any sort of manipulation of these differences by “third parties” will only tarnish the electoral process and will weaken the institutionalism of the country with destabilizing consequences.

“Panama is living a new presidential election process that will develop with the most absolute normality and transparency, as part of a permanent process aimed to strengthen its democracy,” says the report. (Prensa)

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Arias Talks About His Propaganda Filmed At The Fundader Facilities

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The presidential candidate for Democratic Change, José Domingo Arias, said the criticism against his recent political propaganda filmed at the Fundader facilities makes no sense.

The Fundader institution receives donations and state funds, Arias stated "The advertising agency shooting the commercial made ​​a contract with the place where they physically filmed."

He noted as an example a propaganda of the PRD candidate, Juan Carlos Navarro, whose location was the Roberto Duran Arena.

He added public and private facilities can be used "as long as the conditions required by law are met."(Telemetro)

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Navarro Replies To Martinelli's Invitation For A Panama Metro Tour

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Today, for the second day in a row, President Ricardo Martinelli invited presidential candidates and former presidents to take a tour of the Panama Metro.

The presidential candidate of the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro, replied "this man sometimes insults us, sometimes invites us, i just don't get it."

According to the PRD candidate, his only dream is for Martinelli's time as president to end in order to build a better presidency for the Panamanians.(Telemetro)

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Arias Says There Was A Contract Signed By Both Parties For The Commercial At Fundader

PoliticsThe presidential candidate from Democratic Change, José Domingo Arias, told RPC news that the criticism against him due to the recent political commercial in which he appears at the headquarters of Fundader, has no grounds.

Fundader is an institution that receives donations and funds from the government. “The marketing agency responsible for filming the commercial had a contract with the place where they filmed,” said Arias.

He gave as an example the political commercial of the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro, which was filmed at the Roberto Duran Arena, “there was a contract there.”

He said they can always use public and private facilities “as long as we follow the conditions demanded by the law.” (Telemetro)

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The CD Is Not Afraid Of An Opposition Alliance

PoliticsThe possibility of other political parties such as the Panameñismo Political Party and the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) making an alliance against the government party is not a concern to the members of the Democratic Change.

During the parades of Sunday, November 3, the president of the Republic Ricardo Martinelli, said it doesn’t matter what the opposition does because they won’t be able to win against the government candidate.

Several candidates reacted to this statement; one of them was the candidate of the Panameñista Political Party, Juan Carlos Varela, who told Martinelli that November 3 is not an appropriate date for talking about politics.

On the other hand, Navarro said he is planning on bringing a renewed government after the elections in 2014. (TVN)

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New Governors Took Office

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The new governors of some provinces and regions took office yesterday, Friday November 1st, in the Minister of Government and Justice.

They are now responsible for the destiny of each province, after the resignation of their previous governors in order to participate as candidates for the May 2014 elections.

In total five governors took possession yesterday.

Colón: Jorge Bordanea

Bocas del Toro: Eusebio Vega Vega

Herrera: Elías Corro Cano

Guna Yala: Leroy Montero

Chiriqui: Rita Sitton(Mi Diario)

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PRD: "There Isn't Enough Evidence To Judge Deputy Pineda"

PoliticsWhat used to be a secret was officially announced yesterday: the Honor Tribunal from the PRD announced the removal process against Raúl Pineda was filed.

Even though the secretary general, Juan Carlos Navarro, had energetically requested this during a conference, the same day Juan Ramón Messina was murdered, the process was not formalized.

Mitchell Doens said he saw this coming after Pineda was seen with Navarro last weekend.

The decision of the National Discipline Court was unanimous and firm. Ildurain Asprilla, president of this institution, informed the nine members of the Court decided upon the information gathered by the defense of deputy Raúl Pineda, the lawyer Silvio Guerra, who requested the process to be declared null because the party did not follow the procedures.

Guerra’s request made reference stating they should’ve never opened the process just because Navarro, secretary general, ordered so, because this request had to be approved by the National Directorate first.

The process was finalized because the Honor Tribunal recommended this file be closed because they didn’t find evidence to sustain the removal request against deputy Pineda, and they didn’t see any possibility of opening other processes for other cases.

NAVARRO’S MISTAKE

Even though the Superior Court did not recognized that Navarro’s request was a mistake, Pineda’s defense stated the following: they clearly violated the due process, which was enough to not go forwards with the process and it had to be declared as null.

The process that apparently never started was requested by Navarro on September 23 hours after Juan Ramón Messina’s murder, husband of the deputy candidate Kathy Ramos. On the same day, Kathy Ramos, today Messina’s widow, accused Pineda of being the “mastermind” behind the crime committed against her husband.

Even though Ramos officially formalized this complaint before the Judicial Branch, within the party there is not going to be an investigation against Pineda and he is definitely not going to be removed; he will also continue with his aspirations of becoming deputy for the PRD.

The members of the Honor Tribunal believe they acted transparently and they complied with the due process, which according to Edgar Zachrisson Mitré, advocate of the rights of the members in the PRD, sends a clear message: the institutions are independent from the party’s decision.

The truth is that with the Honor Tribunal’s decision, deputy Pineda is now able to continue with his reelection campaign.

The removal process against Pineda which was requested by the leader of the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro, is now in the past.

PINEDA: TARGET OF CRITICISM

The controversial deputy is now immune to criticism, because he it has been said, among other things, that he plays in favor of the government. This was said earlier in the year, when he abstained to vote and thanks to this the government party managed to approve the project of Law 559 in second hearing, through which they raised the taxes on liquor.

This action was criticized by his political peers. The truth is that after this decision, Pineda can now run as candidate and is free from any kind of process. (Estrella)

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Giselle Burillo Resigned To Ampyme To Run For Deputy

PoliticsAfter resigning from her political aspirations, the Minister of the Authority of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Ampyme), Giselle Burillo, presented her resignation letter to this position to dedicate to her candidacy as deputy for the circuit 8-7.

The former presidential candidate confirmed se will be in charge of the directorate of territorial organization for the campaign of the presidential candidate of Democratic Change (CD), José Domingo Arias.

The president of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli, assigned Sara Moreno for the position in Ampyme. (Panama America)

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Varela Will Inform Who His Running Mate Will Be On January 15

PoliticsThe presidential candidate of the Panameñismo Political Party, Juan Carlos Varela, who participated in the campaign presentation of “Safe Neighborhoods Plan,” carried out in the province of Colon, said the politician who does not trust in God and the people’s help must drop out of his or her campaign; he said this when he was questioned about a possible union between the PRD and his party.

The moment was perfect for Varela to talk about his deep sympathy after the murder of the priest Anibal Gómez.

Among the sensitive points addressed by Varela regarding security he talked about helping Young people who live in marginalized neighborhoods through employment and education opportunities to give them social support and take them off the streets.

The Plan “More opportunities and Steady Hand,” also implies the participation of a friendly police force to help overcome the security issue and to not be part of it.

At the ceremony, the most important leaders of this party were present, as well as the former minister of Housing Carlos Duboy, and members of the group of citizen safety.

The candidate Varela said he will inform about who the vice president will be on January 15 for the elections in 2014.

Today, while they were promoting the Safe Neighborhoods Plan, three subjects were killed in Colon, according to reports from the Police. (Estrella)

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Angelmira Correra Resigned As Governor Of Guna Yala

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Today, the governor of Guna Yala, Angelmira Correra, resigned to the position as she will compete for the representation of the village of Nargana for Cambio Democratico.

She was replaced by Iguaibiliguiña Hedman Díaz Kantule, who will take office on Friday November 1st.

Iguaibiliguiña was coordinator of the Kuna Youth Movement, he is also a civil police of the Usdubbu community and a translator in the Guna General Congress.(Mi Diario)

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Arias Will Promote Panama As A Destination For Investment

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The presidential candidate of Democratic Change, José Domingo Arias, talked about his intention to promote Panama as a destination for investment and opportunity, during a meeting with senior and chief director for Latin America's World Economic Forum, Marisol Argueta.

Arias also explained some of the projects of his economic policy, ensuring some of them began when he was Minister of Foreign Affairs. He proposed to improve the competitiveness through education, science, technology, infrastructure and the strength of the economy to attract new investment to create decent jobs for citizens.

In 2014 Panama will host the Annual Meeting of the Latin America's World Economic Forum, bringing together more than 600 entrepreneurs as well as business leaders.

For 2014, Panama is positioned at number 55 of the countries with the greatest ease of doing business in the world among 189 studied economies, advancing six positions from it's previous rate for 2013, when it ranked 61, according to the report "Doing business" of the World Bank.(Panama America)

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Mimito Is Winning The Presidential Race

PoliticsJosé Domingo Arias, presidential candidate for the Democratic Change party, is still winning the polls with 40% of the votes in his favor, according to the survey "El Pulso de Panamá," prepared by the company Datexco.

"Mimito" reflects the same behavior from the previous month when he scored 39%.

The survey, carried out between October 18 and 24, received 30% of the votes, going over the presidential candidate of the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro, who received 18% of the votes.

There are only 10 points separating Arias from Varela, who is in the second position regarding preference. Varela went up considerably in comparison to September, when he only scored 17%.

Navarro dropped from 30% to 18%.

This survey was carried out through homes, face to face, and a total of 1,200 men and women in the entire country participated, except for Darién and indigenous regions. (Critica)

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The SUNTRACS Will File A Complaint Against The DPR Of The National Police

PoliticsThe legal advisers of the National Union of Workers in the Construction Industry and Similar (Suntracs) will file a complaint before the Professional Responsibility Directorate of the National Police.

This decision was taken after the union leader and presidential candidate of the Broad Front of Democracy, Genaro López, reported that police agents were shooting at the vehicle he was in together with his eight-year-old son.

López, during a press conference, gave details of everything that happened yesterday, when police agents even aimed their weapons at his head, in the 24 de Diciembre. He explained they didn’t organize a police check point in the area, which is why he criticized the action taken against him.

On the other hand, Saúl Méndez, secretary general of the Suntracs, said he was in solidarity with his colleague López.

At the same time, they said they would meet with the directive board of the Suntracs at 3:00 p.m., to decide if they would take other actions on this case.

Méndez said they are not ruling out the possibility of closing streets among these measures. (Prensa)

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Muñoz: "The Campaign Did Not Confirm Arias's Participation In The Agricultural Forum"

PoliticsJosé Domingo Arias’s campaign chief gave an answer to all the questions on the presidential candidate’s absence at the agricultural forum that took place last weekend.

Today, Muñoz said the campaign team did not confirm Arias’s assistance to this event. “At no point the campaign confirmed José Domingo Arias was going to participate,” he said.

Deputy Muñoz also said the candidate of the CD “will participate in all the debates” they are invited to; but this will take place once they officially know who all the presidential candidates are.

In this sense, he said the former magistrate of the Electoral Tribunal, Gerardo Solís, as well as the Professor Juan Jované, are currently running for president in the country. Then, “what kind of [presidential] forum are we talking about…?” he said.

On Saturday, spokesmen of Arias’s campaign said they never confirmed his assistance at the event of the Panamanian Business Executives Association.

However, Ursula Kiener, one of the organizers of the forum, said the Minister of Agricultural Development, Oscar Osorio, confirmed Arias’s assistance, and even said he was going to celebrate his birthday at the forum. In the end, Arias actually participated at a tour in Portobelo, Colón. (Prensa)

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Political Parties Talk About Their Proposals

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For several weeks, both Panamanian and Democratic Change party, have started to give out part of their proposals on various issues of national interest.

Delegate Alcibiades Vasquez from the Panamanian party said "we will continue with our proposals for our presidential candidate Juan Carlos Varela and we will let the other 2 presidential candidates fight each other."

The Democratic Change candidate, Edwin Zuniga, mentioned he has also used the media to outline his political platform on economic and social programs.

As the presidential candidate for the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro, said six months ago they created working tables of the main issues affecting Panamanians and they're looking for solutions on this issues already.(TVN)

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Panamanian and Popular Party Will Present A Formal Complaint Against Jose Domingo Arias

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The youth of the Panamanian Party and the Popular Party reported this Wednesday, October 23rd, the presidential candidate for CD, José Domingo Arias, is using a foundation operated with public funds to carry out Propaganda in television as part of his campaign.

The youth members of these groups claimed the facilities used to record the CD propaganda, who plays the proposal to create a "Woman City", was made at the headquarters of the Foundation for the Integral Development of Women and Family (Fundader) in Arraijan (Panama West).

These facilities were established by ruling delegate, Marilyn Vallarino, and is funded by the National Assistance Program, as explained by the collective in a statement.

The formal complaint will be filed this Friday, October 25th, at the Electoral Office, according to Milton Henriquez Pagés, a member of the youth of the PP.

When asked about this, the CD deputy José Muñoz, said he is not aware of Fundader headquarters being the place where the propaganda was recorded.

However, Muñoz, who is the campaign manager for Arias, said other candidates have also used Curundú project facilities and public markets to promote themselves.

Muñoz added his party could also file complaints of this type as Curundú project was made with public funds.(La Prensa)

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"I'm The Only Candidate With A Serious Proposal"

PoliticsAccording to the presidential candidate of the CD, José Domingo Arias, the only candidate with a serious and credible campaign proposal is him.

Arias said he has made proposals based on experiences with a successful model adopted by international organizations that has also been used in other countries in the region.

The former minister of housing admitted his project, Ciudad Mujer (Women City), has already been established in El Salvador, but he explained he tries to recreate the positive and successful projects of other countries.

Domingo Arias said he has received attacks from other politicians and he expect them to “take it easy,” but, in the end he says that is their problem, and the people “is tired of all the traditional politicians” who attack their opponents to achieve political success. (Panama America)

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CD Has Its Doors Open Until December For New Alliances

PoliticsThe CD was one of the last political parties in defining its electoral offer. Now, and together with the Nationalist Republican Liberal Movement (Molirena), the government pary Democratic Change (CD) will wait until December of this year to close any agreement of new alliances that might arise along the way for the 2014 elections.

This was announced by the directive board of this party and they said they will ratify the government program on December 15and will decide any other alliances with other political parties.

The CD, according to its directives, has not finished its negotiations with the Molirena to distribute the political spaces where its ally will run for office. This is why the party established a Working Committe led by the President of the CD, Ricardo Martinelli; Rómulo Roux (secretary general); Aníbal Galindo (vice president) and the directives Ricardo Quijano, Frank De Lima, José Muñoz, Jorge Ricardo Fábrega and Dana Castañeda, to work on their alliances.

At the same time, the directive announced they would appoint its presidential candidate, José Domingo Arias, as member of the directive board, in replacement of Javier Arias Iriarte. (Prensa)

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Herrera Believes The Administration Of Justice In The Country Is Not Transparent

PoliticsThe leader of the PRD, Balbina Herrera, said the administration of justice in the country “is not being transparent.”

Herrera urged the Attorney General, Ana Belfon, to reopen the case of Finmeccaninca, to show transparency to the Panamanian society.

By not reopening it –according to Herrera- she is sending the wrong message because she is contradicts everything she has said, that she is technical and not political.

She insisted through Telemetro, that the Attorney General “is cleaning the President’s face and the faces of every single person involved with the current government administration.”

Recently, President Ricardo Martinelli pardoned her for the sentence she received for spreading e-mails between the President and Lavítola. (Panama America)

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Sergio Gonzalez Ruiz Resigned As Director Of The National Lottery

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Today, the president of the National Liberal Movement Party (MOLIRENA), Sergio Gonzalez Ruiz, resigned as director of the National Lottery (LNB).

According to Gonzalez Ruiz, his resignation is to devote his time and effort to his political party, he also added he will be at the MOLIRENA offices dedicating himself to the national applications.

Jaime Arosemena Cárdenas, deputy director of the Lottery, will be replacing him until a new director of the entity is chosen.(Panama America)

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FAD Signed And Electoral Ethics Pact

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The Frente Amplio por la Democracia Party (FAD) signed and electoral ethics pact to join other groups advocating for a clean campaign.

The signing took place between Fernando Cebamanos, FAD leaders, Bishop José Luis Lacunza and Maribel Jaén of the Justice and Peace Commission.

The signing of this agreement, was made in front of several political groups, including members of the Panamanian Party and the PRD.(TVN)

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Varela And Navarro Talk About The Possible Privatization Of The Cold Chain

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Today, the two opposition presidential candidates, Juan Carlos Navarro and Juan Carlos Varela, from the PRD and the Panamanian Party respectively, expressed their oppositions on the possibility of the government privatizing 49% of the shares of the cold chain.

Varela reiterated politics should stay away from the cold chain, as he believes any law seeking to impose control beyond this government is an error.

"The cold chain is a very large investment, a sacrifice made to lower the cost of living and to not continue speculating the cost of food, and someone should not control it just for economic interest," as said by Varela.

Meanwhile, Navarro talked about his determination to repeal any law privatizing the cold chain, as he promised in his new government the cold chain will again be administered and fully owned by the state.

Navarro also promised supplies and to reduce prices of fertilizers and chemicals, to reduce production costs and therefore lower the cost of the basic food basket.

Both candidates made ​​statements about the cold chain privatization when they met in Chitre, at the 165th year anniversary of the district.(TVN)

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Meeting Between Mimito And Mireya Was Just A Coincidence

PoliticsThe former president Mireya Moscoso denied her encounter with the presidential candidate of the CD in La Pintada, José Domingo Arias, was programmed and said it was just a coincidence.

"The same way I ran accross ‘Mimito’ in La Pintada, could happen with Navarro or Varela and of course I’ll say hit o them and if there’s a chance, we will exchange opinions,” said the former president.

At the same time, Moscoso denied knowing about any removal process against Arnulfo Arias Olivares, Panameñista leader who publicly said he supported the government candidate, José Domingo Arias.

"I understand Varela has said they have not started a removal process against him (Arnulfo Arias Olivares), who is free to make his own decisions,” he said. (Critica)

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"Arias Is Responsible For Dirty Campaigns Against Opposition Candidates"

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Today, Pedro Miguel Gonzalez, leader of the PRD, talked about the dirty campaigns refering to the opposition presidential candidates Juan Carlos Varela and Juan Carlos Navarro, and said the person who is behind the planning of these Propaganda is José Domingo Arias, presidential candidate for Democratic Change.

During an interview, Gonzalez called for Arias to develop a debate, where he talks directly to Navarro and Varela so his image will stop losing credibility.

According to Gonzalez "It's clear the goal is for Martinelli to confront the opposition, Arias just wants to make it seem he has nothing to do with this."(Mi Diario)

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Diario De Las Americas Reported Identity Theft On Martinelli's Twiitter Account

Politics“Identity theft in the Panamanian President’s Twitter” is the title of an exclusive article published on Wednesday on Diario de Las Américas, a Hispanic newspaper from Miami, Florida, United States.

The information states the account of the Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli [@rmartinelli] has a total of 31% fake followers, 48% inactive and 21% real users.

To come up with these results, they used the tool www.fakers.statuspeople.com, a method used to test if the followers of an account are true or not.

This means approximately 175,225 accounts of Martinelli’s followers are false passive accounts and around 300 to 500 accounts are active spurious (illegal or not authentic), according to the report.

In this sense, the newspaper explained most of Martinelli’s followers use fake photos and in many cases photos of people who are already dead. This happens even though Twitter forbids this practice.

“Ricardo Martinelli’s account in the social network uses fake profiles for government propaganda,” says the information summary.

The newspaper gave the example of the image of the actor Juan Manuel Montesinos, who died in 2009, to give an identity to a user identified as Ariel Barrera, one of the president’s followers. Currently, the president has 381,312 followers and this is a verified account.

President Martinelli talked about this situation through Twitter. “I have never asked any of my 381394 followers to follow me. I chose to follow 770. Active, fake or inactive is not my problem, it’s theirs,” he said on Wednesday afternoon through the social network.

After this tweet, the Secretary of State Communication, Luis Eduardo Camacho, said he believes this is absurd, “to not say the least.” “I don’t know where they get thisfrom… This report is part of an absurd premise,” said on Telemetro.

The official said the only person handling the account @rmartinelli is the President.

However, Camacho said he can’t say there are no fake accounts following the president. “I’m also followed by fake accounts,” he said. (Prensa)

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"You Won't Be Able To Hide Anywhere" - Balbina Herrera

PoliticsThe political leader of the PRD, Balbina Herrera, said she would present an appeal to have the sentence of three years to prison revoked, after she published e-mails of conversations between President Ricardo Martinelli and the Italian Valter Lavítola.

Herrera went before the First Municipal Court yesterday to receive her sentence, and when she left she said Martinelli wants to pardon her to clean her from her guilt. “I accept my responsibility and if I have to do this again so the Panamanian people know the truth, I will,” she said.

“When you leave, you will have to look for someone to cover you; there will not be a single place where in the world where you could hide because Panama will fight against corruption,” said Herrera in reference to Martinelli.

Herrera’s lawyers have until next Monday to present the appeal. The judge Yorlenni Fruto Moncada will decide if they admit or not the appeal. (Prensa)

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PRD Rejected FARC Ties

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Representatives of the PRD rejected ties to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), after the finding of a journal belonging to an active member of the armed group, describing alleged meetings with this group.

The press secretary of the PRD, Max Estrada, said no directive of the PRD has any type of relationship with members of the FARC.

Estrada said "Neither in the province of Darien nor in any other place there are party leaders to liaise with this group."

Also, in the journal it said they had closer ties with leftist groups operating in the University of Panama, such as the Bloque Popular Universitario.

The SENAFRONT acquired this journal during a military operation carried out in the community of El Real, in the province of Darien.(Panama America)

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