The Hemisphere: Another Payoff

The polls closed more than a month ago, but Panama's politicians are still paying off election debts. And for some the only way is bullets and blood.

Four weeks ago, Aquilino Boyd, Panama's fire-breathing Ambassador to the U.N. who doubles as a federal Deputy, shot and wounded a newspaper editor in revenge for an uncomplimentary story about his re-election attempt. Last week another prominent Panamanian was involved in a shooting vendetta—on the receiving end. Lying in a Panama City hospital with severe bullet wounds was Roberto ("Tito") Arias, 45, moneyed husband of British...

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