Panama Withdraws from PARLACEN

President-elect Ricardo Martinelli announced that he intends for the country to withdraw from the Central American Parliament (Parlacen).

Monday, May 25, 2009


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In the words of the president-elect, who will take office on July 1, Parlacen, "is not functional and it has no benefits” to his country.

Díalogo Ciudadano published statements by Martinelli: "This type of organism (Parlacen) is like an immunity cave and I see Panama’s withdrawal as necessary."

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From a press release from the Central American Economic Integration Secretariat (SIECA):

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