Panama: Sale of C & W Shares Halted

President Martinelli suspended special sessions at the National Assembly, in which there were controversial discussions, among them the sale of the State's shares in Cable & Wireless.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The special meetings were held initially to discuss the proposed creation of a Savings Fund of Panama, the Guardian Angel program and modifications to the Penal Code.

Later on subjects were included which were opposed by various political, social and business sectors, as they included expanding the number of judges in the Sala V, the sale of shares in Cable & Wireless, the fiscal regime for the renovation of Casco Antiguo, special arrangements for the operation of multinational companies in Panama, and finally, a system of incentives for the establishment of generating electricity from natural gas, which included items related to the sale of state shares in energy companies.

In announcing the suspension of extraordinary sessions, Martinelli said that all of these proposals will be sent to the public discussion environment called "Concertación Nacional" for consideration.

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