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COUNTRY REPORT – PANAMÁ: Martinelli’s Legacy

Ricardo Martinelli is leaving office in July with sky-high job approval numbers and a long list of achievements, but also a wake of strong-arm tactics that have given rise to detractors angling for change. During five years as Panamá’s president, Ricardo Martinelli has forged a reputation for winning ugly. He favors a bruising, Chris Christie-like governing style. He disdains democratic checks and balances and tried to spy on his political foes. He’s been accused of corruption by his own vice president. Shortly after Martinelli took the oath of office in 2009, the U.S. ambassador to Panamá described him as having […]
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