March 1, 2021

The Dominican president travels to Panama to take possession of Laurentino Cortizo

The president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, traveled to Panama on Monday to participate during the day in the inauguration of businessman Laurentino Cortizo as the new president of that Central American nation.

Medina will be accompanied by the country's foreign minister, Miguel Vargas; as well as by the Administrative Minister of the Presidency, José Ramón Peralta, and by several of his assistants, informed the National Presidency in a statement.

With the presence of the Dominican governor in the investiture of Cortizo "continuity is given to the traditional bonds of friendship and fraternity that have always united the Dominican Republic and Panama," the official information said.

Cortizo will replace Juan Carlos Varela as of today, in whose management of Government "a solid relationship of brotherhood and cooperation between Panama and the Dominican Republic was also established," the note said.

Medina received on June 21 at the National Palace Cortizo, with whom he spoke on various common issues of both countries.

The new president of Panama made the visit accompanied by the Minister of Public Works designated Panamanian, Rafael Sabonge, as well as the Minister adviser appointed for Private Investment, José Alejandro Rojas.

Cortizo, of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), will be invested for a five-year term in a ceremony at the main convention center in the country and before half a dozen Latin American presidents and heads of state, who have been arriving in stages from the Saturday.

The new Panamanian president won the elections on May 5 by narrow margin and with the support of 33% of the electorate.

The PRD, which returns to power after ten years in the opposition, also became the first parliamentary force of that nation.

Laurentino Cortizo, a former minister with a strong nationalist and anti-corruption discourse, assumes on Monday the Presidency of Panama with the goal of removing the country from the gray lists that continue to fuel its image as a tax haven.

With a master's degree in Business Administration and studies in International Commercial Negotiations from the University of Texas, in Austin (USA), Cortizo has committed to fight an iron fight against the corruption that has led so many scandals in this country.

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