Juan Carlos Varela is New President of Panama

The center-right Varela won the election where the differences between the candidates were not about political philosophies but management styles, for which reason it is estimated there will be no major changes in Panama.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Varela had been the ally who helped the current President Ricardo Martinelli win previous elections, but there was soon distance between them, with Varelas removal from the office of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, although he retained the formal title of Vice President won in those elections.

Engineer by profession, Varela, 51, joined the management of the family business Varela Hermanos, beginning his political career in the Panamanian Party.

In the polls before the election vote, Varela held third place behind José Domingo Arias candidate of the ruling party, and Juan Carlos Navarro's Revolutionary Party.

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