Martinelli Wins Panamanian Election

The opposition Alliance for Change candidate was elected the next president of Panama by a wide margin.

Monday, May 4, 2009

With 91% of the polling stations having been examined, Ricardo Martinelli had obtained 60.31% of the votes, followed by the official candidate of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Balbina Herrera, who had accumulated 37.33% and Guillermo Endara, who had received 2.35%.

Balbina Herrera, Martinelli’s main opponent, acknowledged her defeat, while current President, Martín Torrijos, invited the winner of the election to visit the Presidential Palace to begin the transition process, which will culminate on July 1 when Ricardo Martinelli takes office as President of Panama.

Bosco Vallarino was elected mayor of Panama City with 45.47% of the votes cast, followed by Bobby Velasquez with 39.67%.

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Rio Hato Airport and the Decameron Hotel

July 2011

Complaints by Decameron about the effect of the new airport on its hotel in Coclé could be eased by the construction of a road which would provide access to another hotel owned by the chain.

In an article in President Martinelli referred to complaints by the Decameron hotel chain concerning damage to the hotel brought about by the remodelling of the old airport, in particular that aircraft noise would bother the guests.

Elections in Panama in Final Stretch

April 2009

The period for electoral propaganda ends today, just three days from the May 3 elections.

Panamanians will elect the successor to current President Martín Torrijos for the period 2009-2014. reported: "The candidates for the Presidential Seat are: Ricardo Martinelli of the opposition Alliance for Change, the official candidate of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Balbina Herrera and former president Guillermo Endara, of Moral Vanguard for the Country (VMP)."

Elections in Panama: Economic Programs

April 2009

For whoever wins the elections on May 3, the main challenge will be to maintain the economic growth that has averaged 8% annually in recent years.

Both the PRD (the Democratic Revolutionary Party, plus the Liberal Party and the People's Party) and Alianza para el Cambio (Democratic Change, the Patriotic Union, the Panamanian Party and Molirena), propose the continuation of the current macro-economic direction of the country, giving continuity to many of the programs conducted by the government of Martín Torrijos.

Businessman Martinelli leads all in Panama

December 2008

A conservative businessman of the Democratic Change (CD) party could become the next president of Panama.

According to a poll by Unimer published in La Prensa, 36.2 per cent of respondents would vote for Ricardo Martinelli in next year’s election, up 3.8 points since October.

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