The president-elect, Laurentino Cortizo, assured in his first speech that "the relaxation is over" (“Se acabo el relajo”) and that the Panamanians do not want, nor deserve, nor endure more of the same.
"He called on all Panamanians to unite in the effort to transform our country, that is the purpose, I am not going to improvise, to govern is a serious matter, I am going to work tirelessly for the next five years to have a prosperous and just country" , said in a speech that he delivered after midnight before a hundred supporters who were waiting at the Vasco Nunez de Balboa room at the El Panama hotel.
The speech was delivered after the magistrates of the Electoral Tribunal made the traditional call that envestía as the virtual president of the country.
After receiving the call from Judge Araúz, Cortizo said he is ready to assume the Presidency as of July 1, and assured that his government will be one of consensus and dialogue.
"With humility I receive the announcement that is important for the country, of great responsibility, where I am prepared with a team to assume the reins of the country as of July 1. I have no doubt that the country needs to join forces to be able to solve the great challenges that we are going to find, "he said.
The announcement of the official proclamation will be in charge of the National Scrutiny Board, which will be held next Thursday.