Boyd: Retaliations against Panamanians are taking place

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  • Fri, 02/02/2018 - 19:11
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The leader of the movement “Destituidos por Varela”, Carmen Boyd, reported alleged dismissals of public officials that occurred after the rejection of the National Assembly (AN) to the magistrates proposed by the Government. “Once the ratification activities that were not approved by the deputies of Cambio Democrático (CD) and the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) pass, retaliations are being taken against humble Panamanian officials who rely on a salary to be able to sustainably support their homes” said Boyd.

The leader asked President Varela to take action. “We reproach this action by active officials with authority and jurisdiction. We trust that the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, will know how to rise above such petty instincts and allow thousands of Panamanians to continue to support their homes in a dignified manner.”

Regarding the new allocations that the Government should make to the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), Boyd asked that names of “good repute and proven professionalism” be proposed.

Cambio Democrático party claims alleged dismissals in public sector

The opposition party Cambio Democrático, in a statement, claimed and “strongly” rejected, the alleged dismissals in the public sector, as a result of the non-ratification of Judges Ana Lucrecia Tovar de Zarak and Zuleyka Moore, appointed by the Executive.

In the document, the political party claims to have received reports about these dismissals. They consider the action as "retaliation".

"The Cambio Democrático Party strongly rejects the dismissals carried out by the government of President Juan Carlos Varela, in retaliation and revenge for the sole fact that the Democratic Change members exercised their constitutional right to reject appointments to magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice," reads the statement.

They also urge the Panamanian president to rectify the action. "We urge President Varela to rectify his actions, and respect the work of every Panamanian regardless of their political status," they said.

The party also promised to continue "promoting actions and laws" that offer job security to public servants.

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