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Weekly Report - 25 July 2019 (WR-19-29)

PANAMA: Cortizo sends down constitutional reform

Just over two weeks after assuming office, the new Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) government led by President Laurentino Cortizo has indicated its intention of making good a key electoral promise – enacting constitutional reform. The move is widely considered central to efforts to strengthen Panama’s institutions, which have been discredited in recent years by corruption scandals – not least that involving Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht. Also indicative of Cortizo’s efforts to shore up credibility, he paid his first official visit abroad to the US with the declared aim of improving Panama’s image and attracting investment.

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