After the announcement of the Supreme Court of Panama regarding the resignation of public officials with deadline on November 5 if they are going to pursue political candidacy for the next elections on 2019, this Thursday several movements were made within the executive Cabinet of the government of President Juan Carlos Varela, due to the resignation presented by several officials .
In the Ministry of Social Development (Mides) the manager Alcibiades Vásquez left his post to run for the Central American Parliament in the elections of 2019. Luis Ernesto Carles will join the presidential campaign of José Isabel Blandón and departed from the Ministry of Labor and Development Labor while in the Ministry of Public Security, there was the departure of Alexis Bethancourt. The Ministry of Presidency, also had changes with the departure of Salvador Sanchez, vice minister.
In the act of possession this Friday, President Varela appointed the managers for the empty positions, with Michelle Muschett as head of Mides with his deputy minister Cosme Moreno; Zulphy Santamaría was appointed as the new head of the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development; Jorge González assumes duties as Minister of the Presidency and at the same time, Francisco Artola, Secretary of Legal Affairs of this body, assumes as Deputy Minister; in the Ministry of Public Security, Jonattan del Rosario will be the new leader and Omar Pinzón, former director of the National Police, will be the deputy minister.
The movement of public officials was preceded by the 2019 elections, in which many will be part of the team of various candidates and others will be candidates for certain positions, as in the case of Alcibiades Vásquez.
This designation of ministers has generated various criticisms among which Alvaro Alvarado, who has been using his personal twitter account for several days to point out several failures of President Juan Carlos Varela specially the exit of Bethancourt for the entry of Pinzón.
Lo que hacen con Alexis Betancourt ya lo hizo el Gobierno pasado con un sub Comisionado que nombraron vice Ministro de seguridad o ya no se acuerdan? Todos hacen lo mismo.— Alvaro Alvarado (@AlvaroAlvaradoC) 1 de noviembre de 2018
Suben al vice Ministro de Seguridad a Ministro. Al ex director de la policia lo nombran vice Ministro. Al ministro lo devuelven a donde salió. Queda ahora de subalterno de sus antiguos subalternos?— Alvaro Alvarado (@AlvaroAlvaradoC) 1 de noviembre de 2018
Source - EFE