- La Prensa
Last Tuesday night, a group of Panamanians gathered in Parque Porras in a vigil for the health of former President Ricardo Martinelli, who after his episode in El Renacer prison, was treated in a hospital and then transferred back to the penitentiary in less than 24 hours.
To the cry of: Ricardo, friend, the people is with you! Supporters of the former president remained a few hours in the place to express their support for the situation that he is going through at the moment, as well as protest against the government, which they accuse of playing with the politician’s health who at this time, is still held in El Renacer.
Different sectors of civil society, communication and politics have manifested on the situation, all with the doubt of how a patient can enter for emergencies in the coronary wing of a hospital, but after a day or less, be transferred back to his cell without any public information.
Among the requests that different sectors have made, permanent medical attention for the founder of Cambio Democrático is one of the main ones. Precisely the board of directors of this party raised their voice to denounce the situation that exists around the health of Martinelli.
With 66 years of age and different health episodes to his credit since he was imprisoned, the former president has been subject to different movements, accusations and even, nominations at the popular level, as the last one to which his name is placed, the Panamanian Mayor's Office, the second most important post in the country after the presidency itself.
With the condition of collecting at least 8324 signatures, according to the regulations of the Electoral Tribunal (TE), last week Martinelli was given the backing of the same, in a process carried out by Sergio Gálvez, CD deputy who would be the deputy mayor in case of a victory on the part of the former president, today imprisoned.
Despite assuring that they have collected more than 22,000 signatures, the process has not stopped since, on the TE's own recommendation, only the three candidates with the highest number of collected signatures will be recognized, provided that they exceed the minimum of 8234.
Although Martinelli's candidacy will be independent, the political party founded by him has not stopped supporting him at any time and keeps track of his health, as well as making the pertinent complaints against the government so that the due process in his health is respected.