PANAMA CITY .- On July 1, the National Assembly will need to create a new board of directors for the next legislative period, and the candidates have already been mentioned.
The Panamanian Parliament is led by dissidents of the Democratic Revolutionary Party, who have tried to withdraw from the governing party.
According to sources inside the parliament, it is said that for the next year the deputies of the Democratic Change party, headed by former President Ricardo Martinelli, who opposes to the current President Juan Carlos Varela’s administration, are gathering strengths to take control of the parliament in 2018 , the year preceding the presidential elections in Panama.
However, for this year it is assumed that the board of directors of the Assembly will be headed by another group of dissidents, but in this case by deputies with more bias toward the opposition.
According to public information, parliamentarian supporters of the governing party would avoid completely involving in a confrontation with the opposition within the National Assembly to maintain the reputation of the party in the upcoming presidential elections.
By simply issuing the pending reform of the Electoral Reform Act, the National Assembly is preparing for the last days of the current regular sessions ending on April 30. A recess will begin on this date and will finish on July 1, when they must elect by a nominal vote the 2017-2018 board of directors.