Laurentino Cortizo wins Panama presidency with a narrow margin

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Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The results were so tight, that they forced the Electoral Tribunal of Panama to wait until midnight to declare the winner of the contest to Laurentino "Nito" Cortizo, candidate for the Revolutionary Democratic Party (FART).

With the 95% of votes counted, Preliminary results indicate that obtained Cortizo 33,07%, followed by Rómulo Roux Democratic Change with 31,07%, a difference of nearly 37.500 votes for Cortizo.

The Electoral Tribunal noted that this 95% votes counted, there is an "irreversible" trend that allows Cortizo declare as virtual winner. The final declaration will in the coming days.

The vote was considered "historic", because of the narrow margin between the first and second.

Roux, who he was ranked second, He said a few hours before it was declared a winner Cortizo, the result was too narrow, so expect the results of all minutes.

Meanwhile, Laurentino Cortizo said in his victory speech, today more than ever Panama needs to join forces to solve the major challenges. "With humility I receive the announcement that it is important for the country, of great responsibility for which I am prepared a team to take the reins of the country from 1 of July", said the winning candidate.

Third place in the contest was won by independent candidate Ricardo Lombana, with a 19,35% the vote.

Who is the president-elect?

Laurentino "Nito" Cortizo Cohen is a politician and businessman, who she was born 30 of January of 1953 within a family of entrepreneurs in the construction sector and livestock. He was elected in the primaries in September 2018 as presidential candidate of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (FART).

He served as advisor to the Secretary General of the OAS in Washington, and then he was appointed as Alternate Representative of Panama to the agency. In 1994 He became involved in politics and was elected twice as a deputy, then the 2000 He became president of the National Assembly.

In 1999 It was PRD candidate for the vice presidency of Panama, and in 2004 He was asked to join the government as Minister of Agriculture.