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May 8, 1994 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Panama's first presidential election since a U.S. military invasion changed the country's history has boiled down to a contest between the onetime political party of ousted Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega and salsa star Ruben Blades. The unlikely options in today's vote speak to ways Panama has changed in the five years since the invasion, and ways it has not. The elections also highlight both the success and failure of a U.S. policy designed to build democracy.
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May 8, 1994 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Panama's first presidential election since a U.S. military invasion changed the country's history has boiled down to a contest between the onetime political party of ousted Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega and salsa star Ruben Blades. The unlikely options in today's vote speak to ways Panama has changed in the five years since the invasion, and ways it has not. The elections also highlight both the success and failure of a U.S. policy designed to build democracy.
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