Panama: Finally, the Winner

A full 18 days after Panamanians had gone to the polls to choose a new President, Opposition Candidate Arnulfo Arias, 67, was last week finally declared the winner. The government insisted that the long count was necessary in order to ensure a fair tabulation of the votes and give election-day passions in the volatile nation a chance to cool down. Arias supporters charged that President Marco Aurelio Robles was really only buying time so that the ballot boxes could be stuffed in favor of his government candidate, former Finance Minister David Samudio,...