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Panama: President Martinelli Accused of Consolidating Judicial Power by Opposition

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A conflict between deputies from the ruling party and the opposition over a bill that creates the Fifth Courtroom of the Supreme Court (CSJ) brought the regular sessions of the Panamanian National Assembly to a halt. Opposition believe the ruling party’s initiative by all means is aimed at appointing three judges, who would give the entire control of the judicial power to President Ricardo Martinelli.

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Original Article Text From Prensa Latina via Google Translate :

Panamanian National Assembly at a Standstill

A conflict between deputies from the ruling party and the opposition over a bill that creates the Fifth Courtroom of the Supreme Court (CSJ) brought the regular sessions of the National Assembly to a halt.

Lawmakers representing the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) warned that Democratic Change (CD) is trying to promote the initiative by all means aiming at appointing three judges, who would give the entire control of the judicial power to President Ricardo Martinelli.

The argument began on Tuesday when the leadership of the Assembly, ruled by CD, attempted to place, as the first topic on the agenda, bill 402, which tailors the functioning of the Fifth Courtroom of Constitutional Guaranties.

Outside Parliament, leaders of the Popular Party rejected the approval of the Fifth Courtroom, which they consider it to be unconstitutional.

Party leader Milton Henriquez made a call to defend democracy on the streets

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