July 5, 1987 |
Thousands of women dressed in white staged Panama's largest anti-government demonstration in years Saturday, marching through city streets with supporters honking their car horns. The march began in a northern suburb and proceeded through middle- and upper-class neighborhoods, growing in size block by block en route to the city's center. The opposition is demanding that the military stop running the government.
March 25, 1988 |
The cash-strapped government of Panama is trying to get around U.S. prohibitions on money transfers to its treasury by tapping funds held by private Panamanian banks here and in the United States. On Thursday, the government ordered private Panamanian bankers to cash checks made out to the government for payments of taxes and services and give the money to the government. Bankers, whose institutions have been closed since early March, are resisting the request.
July 6, 1987 |
President Eric Delvalle said Sunday night that he had ordered an investigation into allegations of corruption, election fraud and conspiracy to murder against Panama's top military officer. In a nationally broadcast speech aimed at defusing a month-old political crisis, Delvalle said the accusations against Gen. Manuel A. Noriega, commander of the defense force, "demand a prompt and effective investigation." He said he had asked Atty. Gen. Carlos Villalaz to undertake the inquiry.
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June 14, 1989 |
Last month, the people of Panama took their destiny into their own hands: Against the most difficult odds, they overwhelmingly chose democracy, clearly rejecting the narco-militarism represented by Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega. They elected a legislature and a president, Guillermo Endara, a first vice president, Ricardo Arias Calderon, and a second vice president, Guillermo Ford. According to Panama's constitution, the formal swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected government is to be carried out on Sept.
May 6, 1991 |
If Panama were a television show, it would be a comic soap opera, a nutty blend of melodrama and farce, a sort of "As the World Turns" meets "Saturday Night Live." It requires a near total suspension of disbelief to accept as reality that a president nicknamed "Honey Bun" fired a major coalition partner called the "Mad Nun" after the president's wife challenged her husband's manliness.
May 12, 1989 |
Panamanian opposition leaders said Thursday that they would join in a short-term provisional government with members of the country's current military regime, but only if strongman Gen. Manuel A. Noriega agreed to step down and acknowledge that his foes won Sunday's presidential election. "The Democratic Alliance for Civic Opposition is willing to negotiate with the military regime a provisional government," said Ricardo Arias Calderon, a vice presidential candidate for the anti-Noriega coalition known as ADOC.