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Panama leader´s deputy-
turned-rival wins presidency

Reuters, by Christine Murray & Elida Moreno

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 5/4/2014 9:42:23 PM

Panama City - Panama´s vice-president, running as an opposition candidate, won the country´s presidential election on Sunday after a campaign in which he took credit for outgoing leader Ricardo Martinelli´s policies but promised a cleaner government. Juan Carlos Varela of the center-right Panamenista Party (PP) helped Martinelli get elected as president in 2009 but later fell out with him. He has vowed to cut the cost of living, reduce poverty and tackle corruption. Panama´s election tribunal pronounced Varela the winner after he secured almost 40 percent of the vote with more than 60 percent of votes counted.

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Being "half" Panamanian, am interested in country´s direction, With canal being widened for the biggest ships to pass, China running locks (worst Carter strategic decision) and Panama trying to become a financial powerhouse, it could have a good future. (As an aside: as a kid in school, all sizes of ships came by window all the time and you never heard them. Amazing when I look back at that memory).

      


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