Political Year in Panama

Snapshot of a political Panameñista flag flying in the densely populated Special District of San Miguelito in Panama City, Panama. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Here we go again.  Another political year has started, and you are gradually seeing the banners, flags, caps, T-shirts and other political paraphernalia flooding the country.

Below are the political parties which will take part in the next elections which will take place on May 4, 2014:

  • Partido Cambio Democrático
  • Partido Revolucionario Democrático
  • Partido Panameñista
  • Partido Molirena
  • Partido Popular

The incumbent party is Cambio Democrático which is highly popular due to its charismatic and sometimes controversial and unorthodox president, Ricardo Martinelli.  Panama’s constitution does not allow an immediate reelection.  In my opinion, he would have been easily elected for another term.

During his administration he has turned the country upside down in more ways than one.  Under him, social programs and the construction of modern infrastructure have been absolutely impressive.  I don’t recall this transformation in previous administrations.

We are currently undergoing the first stages of the political process.  This means we don’t have the names of the candidates yet.  I understand the candidates will be known at the latest by the month of May.  From then on, the hot tropical political race for the presidency will take place.  When I say hot, I really mean it.  Panamanian take politics very seriously.

I sincerely hope the Panamanian people study the different political programs and choose the best person for the job.  There are still too many problems to solve in the upcoming years.  I have already decided who my candidate is, but I ain’t saying.  Good Day.


2 thoughts on “Political Year in Panama”

  1. This is so interesting. Do I understand correctly that Mr. Martinelli would be able to serve again, only not with consecutive terms? And so many parties! It will be fun to follow along as the process unfolds.

    What is the Varela logo on the building? The name seems somehow familiar to me, but I can’t imagine why.

  2. Hi Linda:

    Yes, Ricardo Martinelli can run again for president but not consecutively. If he remains healthy it’s highly likely he will run again. In my opinion, he has accomplished a superb job as president.

    The Varela logo is marketing the Varela name which is the most probable candidate for the Partido Panameñista party. His name is Juan Carlos Varela, a wealthy businessman engaged in the liquor industry, (e.g. Seco Herrerano and Ron Abuelo).

    Yep, it will be fun to follow the political process. Next Sunday, March 10, 2013, el Partido Revolucionario Democarático (PRD) will vote for their presidential candidate. First political party to do so this year. Others will follow suit..



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