The Mayor of Panama City, José Isabel Blandón, announced that he will leave office before his nomination as candidate in the internal elections of the Panameñista Party and later, to participate in the 2019 general elections.
The decision seeks, as stated by the mayor, "to avoid this type of discussion" because "I think it is important that all officials, from the president down, strictly comply with the electoral rules, especially in a process where the rules applicable are new".
During the last days the official has expressed his concern about how the political task will be interpreted in the political conjuncture in the country and the new norms, although the National Constitution allows re-election.
He reminded his peers that it is forbidden to proselytize from the institutions and with the resources of the State.
Blandón will be disconnected from office from September 13 to October 28, 2018 and from March 5 to May 5, 2019.
Some four million people are expected to participate in the general elections scheduled for May 5 next year, where the President and Vice President of the Republic will be elected, including 20 deputies to the Central American Parliament, 71 deputies to the National Assembly as well as mayors, district representatives and councilors.