Politics

New Government Will Review Mandatory Ethanol Use

President-elect Juan Carlos Varela says that his administration will revisit the law that mandates the use of ethanol in gasoline. The government of Ricardo Martinelli enacted Law 42 of 2011 as an incentive to the biofuel industry, but this has pushed gas prices up. La Prensa reports that the Central Azucarero La Victoria company, in which…

Panama Elects Varela as President

Outgoing vice president Juan Carlos Varela is Panama’s next president. The electoral tribunal declared Varela and his Panamenista Party the victor with 39% of the vote and 60% of the ballots counted, followed by Jose Domingo Arias of the Cambio Democratico party with 32% and Juan Carlos Navarro of the People’s Revolutionary Democratic party with 27%. “Today democracy won, today Panama won,…

Political Rally Generates Trash

The Cinta Costera was worse for wear after the closing campaign rally for  the Democratic Change Party. Thousands of people gathered on the grounds of the coastal strip near the bay to hear candidate Jose Domingo Arias promise “improved continuance” of the works of outgoing president Ricardo Martinelli. Friday morning, workers of the Urban and Household Waste Authority…

U.S. Backs Electoral Tribunal

The U.S. ambassador in Panama , Jonathan Farrar, expressed his confidence in the Electoral Tribunal, the institution in charge of organizing Panama’s upcoming general elections. On Tuesday, Ambassador Farrar visited tribunal headquarters to meet with judges, view preparations and discuss the role of the U.S. embassy observation missions in the May 4 election. “The embassy is going to contributed 15 teams of…

First Lady Leaves Office

Marta Linares de Martinelli, wife of President Ricardo Martinelli, has left the Office of the First Lady to pursue her campaign for the vice presidency of Panama. “With this decision I can fully commit to the campaign [of Jose Domingo Arias]… I hope my action will inspire, even those who attack us, to pursue a…