Politics

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…

Foreign Minister Resigns

Fernando Núñez Fábrega resigned from his position as Panama’s Minister of Foreign Relations on Friday. Unnamed sources from within the Foreign Ministry indicate that President Ricardo Martinelli may have been unhappy with Núñez Fábrega’s performance, but after 11 months on the job, the now former foreign minister says he is tired of the travel and…

First Lady Accepts VP Nomination

Marta de Linares de Martinelli, the current first lady, was named as the running mate of Jose Domingo Arias on the Cambio Democratico Party ticket. “Over the last five years, I have worked responsibly and silently,” she said upon accepting the nomination. The decision to nominate the President Ricardo Martinelli’s wife has sparked a debate…

Navarro Announces Running Mate

Presidential candidate Juan Carlos Navarro announced that Gerardo Solis would be running with him on the Democratic Revolutionary Party’s ticket for the May 4th elections. Official reactions ranged from former President Ernesto Perez Balladares applauding the selection of an “honest man” to Minister of the Presidency Roberto Henriquez saying Solis has an “obsessive grudge.” A…