Elections as Actions of Reform: Panama


Presidental Palace Panama
El Palacio de Las Garzas, the residence of the President of Panama, stands to gain a new resident after Panama’s 2019 elections on May 5. 


The electoral process in Panama not only means the exercising of a right and civic duty, but also represents reform. It was through elections that the Panamanian people dismissed a dictatorship and paved the way for the democratic era in which they currently live. After 30 years of living in a democracy, the 2019 elections require the same — if not a higher — level of responsibility and commitment on the part of the Panamanian people to achieve the many reforms that the state demands of institutions following the multiple corruption scandals that the country has faced in recent years.

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