Panama's former security minister, José Raúl Mulino, acknowledged the victory of Rómulo Roux in the presidential primaries of the opposition party Cambio Democrático, founded by imprisoned former president Ricardo Martinelli, and reiterated that he will not support him in the general elections of 2019.
"I recognize the victory of Mr. Roux as the winner of these primaries and I am eternally grateful to all the people who believed in me nationwide. I remain in Cambio Democrático but I reiterate that I do not support the Roux as his presidential nomination in Panama," wrote Mulino on Twitter.
Roux obtained more than 64 percent of the votes counted more than 94 percent of the polling stations enabled in the primaries of the CD, while Mulino hoarded more than 29 percent of the votes, according to the "unofficial results" disseminated by the Electoral Court.
The participation was 28.2 percent counted more than 94 percent of the 1,103 polling stations installed throughout the country, according to the data of the governing elections body.
"I keep my political presence in Cambio Democrático because I have a 30% political flow that believed in me and did not opt for the Varelista tendency within the party," Mulino added in another message on Twitter.
Roux, who is the president of the CD since January, when dethroned Martinelli in some internal elections, said he will continue "working (...) we will come together in 2019" when the Panamanians will elect the new president and the new vice president of the country, to 71 deputies of the unicameral Parliament and the municipal governments.
The members of the CD that attended the polls "are focused not only on changing the party but on changing the country," said Roux, who has maintained a party unity speech.
The CD was founded in 1998 by Martinelli and went into crisis when, alleging a political persecution undertaken by Varela, fled the country on January 28, 2015, when the Supreme Court opened the first of about a dozen criminal cases against him.
One of those cases is for alleged illegal wiretapping, for which he is being held in a minimum-security prison on the outskirts of the capital since June 11, the day he was surrendered by the United States, where he was imprisoned for one year for an extradition request for this case.