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May 27, 2023

Panama’s Popular Discontent Is Still Simmering

US Army War College

R. Evan Ellis

With roughly a year to go before Panama’s next general election scheduled for May 2024, Panamanians are broadly frustrated with the country’s current conditions. During a weeklong visit last month, government officials, academics and others I spoke with expressed concerns over insecurity, the economy, corruption and the stalled completion of popular infrastructure projects. Panamanians generally believe that their country is headed in the wrong direction and are skeptical of the major political parties’ a
bility to deliver a positive change.

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(AP photo by Ana Renteria)