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Panama: day of reflection on Supreme Court decision

Panama City, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Hours away from the general elections, Panama is heading to a day of reflection over a decision of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) on the legality of one of the presidential candidacies.

After three days of permanent session, today is expected the verdict of the Supreme Court on whether or not the decision of the Electoral Tribunal (TE) to enable José Raúl Mulino as the standard bearer of Realizando Metas y Alianza coalition is constitutional or not, replacing former president Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014), sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for money laundering and since February 7 in asylum at the Nicaraguan Embassy in this capital.

For his part, Mulino asserted in the closing of his political campaign that he will sweep the victory at the polls because it is the will of the people against legal schemes that seek to boycott his arrival at the Palacio de las Garzas (seat of the Executive).

The day before, the favorite in the polls, met with the electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) headed by former Argentinean Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra.

At the end of that meeting he told the press that whatever happens or how it happens, he expects to run on Sunday because he is a firm candidate with his rights fully in force.

“The Panamanian people is sovereign, the will of the people must be respected, and Sunday is the day to settle the differences, everyone should vote for whoever they want to vote for, and we will elect a new government for the next five years”, the 64 year old lawyer and former Minister of Government and Security during Martinelli’s administration remarked.

On the other hand, the TE communicated that after midnight of this Thursday, the country must enter a period of reflection before election day: May 5.

During this time, all electoral propaganda, whether by traditional media, internet or social media, is forbidden.