Politics

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…

Government Offices and Schools Closed for Summit Arrivals

Public, national and municipal offices – except for the Ministry of the Presidency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – and public and private schools will be closed today, Friday, October 18, in the district of Panama. According to a government release, this is a measure to ease vehicular congestion in the city because leaders and delegations…

Balbina Herrera Receives Maximum Sentence

A judge sentenced Balbina Herrera, the leader of the  Democratic Revolutionary Party, to three years in jail. This is the maximum penalty for disclosing emails between Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli and Italian businessman Valter Lavitola about the controversial Finmeccanica group contracts. In addition, she will not be allowed in public office for three years after she is…