September 26, 2000 |
Panamanian leaders allowed Peru's ousted spy chief to enter the country temporarily after being told Peru's military was on the verge of launching a coup if he was turned away, the foreign minister said Monday. "Information we received from various presidents and foreign ministers [from Latin America] was that if Panama didn't accede, there would be a military coup Sunday in Peru," Jose Miguel Aleman told a news conference.
January 1, 2000 |
The United States turned over control Friday of the Panama Canal to this Central American nation, withdrawing from a relationship that symbolized the best and the worst of the U.S. role in Latin America during the 20th century. "The canal is ours," Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso exclaimed, minutes before hoisting her nation's flag over the canal administration building.
August 31, 1998 |
Voters on Sunday overwhelmingly rejected an attempt to allow Panama's presidents to seek reelection, in what observers said was a stinging defeat for the incumbent, Ernesto Perez Balladares. With 82% of the ballots counted, 62.5% were against lifting the constitutional prohibition on consecutive terms for presidents. The vote was seen as a rejection of the free-market reforms of Perez Balladares and his ruling Democratic Revolutionary Party, or PRD.
August 29, 1998 |
At best, the struggle is between continuity in a time of crisis and the democratic tradition of handing over the reins of government to a successor. At worst, it's about lust for power and jealousy. By Sunday, Panamanians must sort the lofty ideals from the personal ambitions to decide in a referendum whether their presidents--particularly their current president, Ernesto Perez Balladares--can run for reelection.
September 13, 1997 |
Gustavo Gorriti is the kind of editor who irritates people. Presidents, cabinet members, even some other journalists find the barrel-chested, gray-bearded Peruvian too aggressive and outspoken. A year after President Alberto Fujimori forced him out of his own South American nation, he has already worn out his welcome in some quarters of Panama, where he is investigative editor at the venerable daily La Prensa.
January 12, 1995 |
The Panamanian government said Wednesday that it had uncovered a plot by police and former military officers to assassinate President Ernesto Perez Balladares and his two vice presidents and to seize control of the country. Interior Minister Raul Montenegro said intelligence officials had been following the plot for some time and learned the assassinations were to take place Friday, when Perez Balladares is scheduled to travel to his hometown of Boquete to inaugurate a flower festival.