Thursday, October 25 2012 @ 03:30 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
The Minister of Economy and Finance Frank De Lima said there is progress on the rapprochement with the leaders and the prime movers of Colon. When leaving the premises of the Colon Free Zone he refused to speak to the reporters who were at the scene.
This is the third consecutive day that the committee went to Colon to try to speak to the leaders of the protest movement, but no talks have taken place. The leaders of the demonstrations against Law 72 have repeatedly stated that first the government must repeal the controversial law - in its entirety - before they would agree to sit down for talks with the government officials.
Meanwhile, President Ricardo Martinelli is on an official tour in Vietnam, the last stop of a trip that started last Friday. He is expected to return to Panama on Saturday. His absence from the scene, combined with a lack of progress on the ground in Panama to resolve the conflict, highlights the weakness of having all political power focused on one single individual as the only valid decision maker. And of course his Vice President Juan Carlos Varela is no help, because after the breakup of their political alliance he's now batting for the other side, and launching criticisms against Martinelli at every opportunity. So while the tires burn in Colon, Martinelli is sampling the Pho Bo. Có lẽ đó là thời gian để có được trở lại Panama ...