Panama America reported today that former President Martinelli leads in a recnt Gallup poll, as he is seeking re-election as President in 2024 (in Panama, Presidents are limited to one 5-year term at a time). The result is despite all his well-known past, and continuing, travails… he is also said to have formalised his Presidential candidacy, on behalf of the Realizing Goals (RM) party. He was President in 2009-14 (I still have the Martinelli for President T-shirt I picked up at the time of the 2009 campaign – but don’t wear it outside of the house now, wearing it inside as, I maintain, an ironic genture…).

Further to the news about problems with the transporting of migrants (the bus service used has been suspended after a fatal crash and a non-fatal fire), it is reported that so far in 2023, 45,727 migrants have passed through Panama bound for the US, according to the Ministry of Public Security (Minseg). Of these, 16,113 were Haitian, 11,70 Ecuadorian and 7,875 Venezuelan.

27 FEBRUARY 2023

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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