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Controversial Panama City Mayor Resigns

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The mayor of Panama City, Bosco Vallarino, resigned this week from his post citing health reasons, although opposition fractions contend that behind his resignation stands President Ricardo Martinelli who has exercised pressures seeking to control the city government.

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Resigns controversial mayor of Panama City
The mayor of Panama City, Bosco Vallarino, Thursday resigned from his post citing health reasons, although opposition factions contend that there is behind the resignation of President Ricardo Martinelli pressures seeking to control the city government.

Vallarino, admitted to a hospital in the city, said in a letter that has resigned to undergo treatment “radioactive” to reverse “two severe effects weighing on my health.”

“This decision, to choose between my health and therefore the welfare of my family or to expose unintended outcome comes at the wrong time of my life,” says Vallarino, a “showman” whose work as head of the municipality has been always surrounded by controversy since taking office in 2009.

The mayor’s departure comes just days before the Panamanian Court ruling on the rights of Vallarino to serve as mayor, since it has dual nationality, Panamanian and U.S., something the law forbids.

The opposition says that behind this resignation is the hand of Martinelli, who in a heated discussion last Tuesday, had pressured him to stop Vallarino capital’s commune in the hands of his deputy, Roxana Mendez, the same political party as the president .

Following the resignation of Vallarino, Mendez announced that it will leave his current post as Minister of Government to take take the mayor’s office, announced the Panamanian Presidency in a statement.

“The pressure and blackmail of President Ricardo Martinelli, achieved the resignation” Vallarino said former Vice President Samuel Lewis Navarro (2004-2009), member of the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD, social).

“I said (Vallarino) who had health problems and was thinking of quitting. There was never any discussion and there was never any problem, “Martinelli said the criticism of opposition which accuses him of wanting to control all the organs and institutions.

“They can say Mass,” Martinelli closed.

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