Weekly Report - 17 April 2019 (WR-19-15)

PANAMA: PRD scents victory

With less than three weeks until the general election on 5 May, the opposition Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD), Panama’s largest party, is gearing up for a return to the presidency after a decade. The latest opinion polls show its candidate, former agriculture minister (2004-2006) Laurentino Cortizo continuing as frontrunner, having successfully capitalised on the unpopularity of the Partido Panameñista (PPA) government led by President Juan Carlos Varela which has been damaged by corruption allegations as well as concerns about the economy.

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