Still in Charge: An attempt to oust Panama's boss

An attempt to oust Panama's boss highlights a hemispheric crisis

For days the rumors flew between the U.S. and Panama: a major shake-up was expected momentarily in the troubled Latin country. At 5:30 p.m. last Thursday, President Eric Arturo Delvalle, 51, appeared on nationwide television ahead of the evening news. Reading from a script, Delvalle told stunned viewers that he had asked for the resignation of General Manuel Antonio Noriega, 50, the military strongman who has run Panama for the past five years. Delvalle said he had requested Noriega to "voluntarily step aside" while the U.S. investigated drug-trafficking charges that federal grand juries in Miami and Tampa had brought against the...

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