Panama: More Votes than Crowds

Going into Panama's presidential election, the candidate who drew the crowds was Arnulfo Arias, 62, the messianic ex-President and self-proclaimed champion of the masses. But when the cheering stopped last week, the man who got the votes was Marco Aurelio Robles, 58, the government candidate and cousin of President Roberto F. Chiari, who constitutionally cannot succeed himself. In a stunning upset, Robles swept most of the backland provinces and sliced into some urban strongholds where Arias was supposed to be unbeatable. The final count: Robles 134,627, Arias 123,186.

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