Panama: Impeachment

The President of Panama was impeached last week. The charge: that he violated a constitutional provision that prohibits the President from giving "direct or indirect official aid to a candidate." President Marco Aurelio Robles, 62, who cannot succeed himself by law and thus is not running in the May 12 presidential elections, was charged with aiding Finance Minister David Samudio, 57. Robles was accused of allowing his press office to release an official announcement of support, attending a fund-raising banquet for Samudio and writing a letter recommending Samudio's presidential candidacy to his Liberal Party directorate. Since the coalition under...

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