President of Panama reports to the nation amid protests | News


The president of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, will present the report to the nation this Friday, in which he will account for his government management in a context nuanced by the popular protests generated by the economic and political crisis and the neoliberal measures of the current Executive.


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Among the issues that the president will presumably address in his report to the National Assembly is the confrontation with the Covid-19 pandemic, the vaccination campaign and the policy of attention to vulnerable populations.

Likewise, it will evaluate the current economic situation and the response of its Administration. According to press media, Cortizo would highlight the 13.6 percent growth in gross domestic product (GDP) during the first quarter of this year compared to the fall experienced in 2020.

However, this is a controversial point since the demonstrations have focused on the high cost of living, corruption, as well as the incorrect management of public funds in the country.

Political organizations and trade unions have reiterated that a significant part of these funds, such as those generated from the administration of the Panama Canal, does not go to investment in social benefit projects.

For that and other reasons, these groups called the day before a day of mobilizations this Friday in parallel to Cortizo’s accountability, which they consider a montage in the face of the deterioration of the quality of life in the country.

Meanwhile, the president is also facing a delicate state of health after being diagnosed with a type of blood cancer, before which several sectors have called to advance the 2024 elections.

Three years after assuming the presidency, Cortizo will offer a summary of his career in the midst of the confrontation between the different political forces ahead of the upcoming general elections.

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