Weekly Report - 06 July 2023 (WR-23-27)

PANAMA: Cortizo presents balance sheet, embarks on final year in office

Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo has presented his state-of-the-nation address, marking the start of his fifth and final year in office on 1 July. In his report Cortizo claimed various achievements regarding poverty, economic growth, and the fight against corruption, among other things. However, while there may be substance to some of his claims, others have raised eyebrows, not least considering that his government last year faced some of the worst unrest in decades, over complaints regarding high living costs and government mismanagement.

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