Juan Carlos Varela, the great disappointment of Panama for his allies

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  • Mon, 12/31/2018 - 11:03
Juan Carlos Varela, the great disappointment of Panama for his allies
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By Luis Miguel Blanco

"He lied us", so cruel and hard, on the past eve of Day of the Innocents, distanced itself from the Panamanian president, Juan Carlos Varela, the Independent Movement (Movin), one of the pillars of his triumph in 2014, it reflecting for ones hypocrisy and for others the erosion of a minority government.

"#VarelaNosEngañó by saying that his party did NOT receive donations from Odebrecht and then admit that YES. Donations or bribes?", says Varela's allied group forcefully in his official Twitter account, which sparked a shower of comments in favor and against, although the topic has been talked about for years.

The president has kept silent about this latest attack, perhaps unexpected by the person who launched it and when, since he has been receiving stoically punches for almost five years from the opposition led by his predecessor Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) in pre-trial detention for a case of illegal wiretapping during his term.

And the ruler, whom the polls in 2014 did not give him options of victory, won a surprise triumph, but with a minority (16) in the parliament, 71 seats, which led him to maintain an alliance with the deputies (26) of oppository Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD), which already renegaded it.

That rupture has meant for Varela since last July losing control of the National Assembly and that the PRD approaches to the Cambio Democrático party (CD) of Martinelli, with 25 seats, as well as the block of the appointment of new judges for the Supreme Court of Justice, or not to approve the law that creates tax evasion as a criminal offense, and even, at the last minute, not to approve the budget for 2019 neither.

The controversy unleashed by Movin led users to remind them that they are part of the problem by backing Varela, as well as the list of its members appointed as officials.

One of them is Augusto Arosemena, who unexpectedly resigned last week as Minister of Commerce and Industry, amid the negotiations of the free trade agreement with China, the shinning ally that has made the United States frown and warn Panama about the conditions of Chinese investments.

The movement also demanded that the Electoral Tribunal publish the list of private donors that Varela and his party had in 2014, in which several of them also appear.

But Movin also recalled that since 2014 made direct questioning, criticizing nepotism in the new minority government of Partido Panameñista (PPa).

The leftist Movimiento de la Juventud Popular took the chance to say something in this controversy, and state: "Varela did not deceive MOVIN, MOVIN deceived the Panamanian people selling themselves as something new and that turned out to be more of the same, obeying Motta's orders. They cannot be part of the solution when they are financed and supported by part of the problem MOVIN LIARS".

They referred to the Panamanian tycoon Stanley Motta, considered one of the main donors of the Varela’s campaign.

"Juvy, not only deceived us, he deceived 39% of the population, the question is: have we learned? We must look for solutions to the problems we have in this country. #RenovemosLaAsamblea", replied Movin to the Twitter user Juvy Cano in relation to his current opinion about Varela.

On the eve of the electoral campaign for the elections of May 5, 2019, in addition to the resignations of officials and criticism of its management, Varela is increasingly alone and with little room for maneuver, so it's raising the expectation of the speech he will pronounce on January 2 at the installation of the last session of the quinquennium in the National Assembly.

It is expected that by 2018 the country's economy will expand no more than 4.5 percent, according to international financial organizations and national experts, a point less than expected, in an environment of slowdown marked by uncertainty over the upcoming elections and the growing confrontation between state powers. 


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