This is an extremely good explanation of how the elections roll out in Panama. Thank you Old Salt for writing this, it’s a brilliant description of what we’ve all been seeing the last seven or eight months!
Tomorrow, Sunday, May 4th, is Panama’s election day. They only do it every five years. And it’s for every office from President down to Mayor. All over the country. Voting isn’t supposed to be optional. In theory it’s mandatory that everyone of legal age goes to the polls. Of course there will always be scofflaws who won’t go.
In Panama there are three major parties. The newest is the CambioDemocrático, with 36 members in the National Assembly. The current president, Ricardo Martinelli, owner of the huge supermarket chain, Super 99, is the leader of that party.
The second largest party, though its membership has fallen off in the past five years is the Partido Revolusionario Democrático with 17 members in the Assembly. This is followed by the Partido Panameñista with 13 members.
The Movimiento Liberal Republicano Nacionalista has 4 in the Assembly but they support the CD candidate for…
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