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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