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Weekly Report - 07 July 2016 (WR-16-26)

PANAMA: Varela gives two-year balance sheet

President Juan Carlos Varela last week marked the second anniversary of his Partido Panameñista (PPA)-led El Pueblo Primero (EPP) coalition government taking office. Varela’s popularity remains low [WR-16-25] amid continued transparency concerns (in the wake of both the US government’s blacklisting of one of Panama’s most important business groupings, the Waked family, and the ‘Panama Papers’ – the biggest leak of secret information in history) and complaints regarding public security despite claims of progress by the government in this area.

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