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President Cortizo faces popular rallies against mining deal

Panama City, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo called off on Friday his visit to Mexico for a Migration Summit on Sunday in order to defuse intense popular rallies against a mining deal.

Panamanian Foreign Minister Janaina Tewaney will attend the Summit instead, according to the official press release, providing no details of the outbreak of social organizations’ protests following the National Assembly – Parliament approved a deal with the subsidiary of the Canadian First Quantum Minerals Transnational.

Cortizo, who will leave office next June, will not attend a meeting of presidents called by President Joe Biden on November 3rd, within the framework of the Partnership for Economic Prosperity of the Americas initiative.

The announcements take place just when Parliament endorsed in third and last debate the deal, stated unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Justice in 2017, for promoting direct contracting, without bidding, nothing has changed since that time but the silence of the authorities.

In a rally under a persistent drizzle nearby the National Assembly, one of the spokespersons of the “Alianza Pueblo Unido por la Vida,” the union leader of the construction workers, Saul Mendez, asserted that the true patriots will keep on fighting until they defeat the onerous mining contract that allows the plundering of natural resources.

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