Managed to get a copy of this book today. Published in August 2022, it is unavailable on Amazon, but found out one could get a copy from the the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Panama (UP) for $20. However, the university does not appear to believe in signposts or maps, and is a bit of a jumble of buildings and departments. Asking for directions only sent us in various different directions before ending up next to the entrance we had entered through. Even then, to pay for the book (no cash or card or Yappy were acceptable), one had to go outside to make the online bank transfer, as the phone signal inside the building was so poor… Nevertheless, after just half the afternoon I had the book I wanted, just need to try to translate it.

So far in the 2022-2023 cruise season, the National Migration Service (SNM) has served 402,857 cruise passengers, who arrived on 67 ships.

In the courts, the prosecution witnesses in the New Business case involving ex-President Martinelli have been given evidence.

Meanwhile, it is reported that US Department of Defense have donated no fewer than 63 Jeeps to Panama Ministry of Security for counterterrorism, counternarcotics, organised crime, maritime and border operations.

Finally, it was reported today that 56.7% of voters here belong to political parties. The registered electorate in Panama is 3,020,472. It is reported that the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) has the most registrations with 728,272 . In second place if the Democratic Change (CD) with 303,434, and then the Panameñista Party with 249,059. The Realizing Goals (RM) – for whom Martinelli would be the candidate – has 230,252 registrations.

Incidentally, my brother-in-law was a spokesman for the PRD back in 2008/2009, when I was visiting the country during the election. I cannot tell you how odd it was to wake up to see him on a panel on breakfast TV being interviewed by a 6-feet Muppet-like puppet called Casemiro who, for some unknown reason, then conducted such events!

26 MAY 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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