Panama: Uneasy Victory

Violence disturbs an election

It was to have been a chance to prove that after 16 years of military rule, Panamanians were ready to elect their next President. But scarcely 26 hours after the polls had closed, the electoral experiment began to slide into the kind of political violence and chaos that torments the rest of Central America. As the National Tabulating Board laboriously hand-tallied several hundred thousand votes and inexplicably delayed announcing even partial results, supporters of Arnulfo Arias Madrid, 82, took to the streets to protest what they claimed was...

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