Juan Carlos Varela was announced as the new president of Panama on Sunday, May 4 and will serve the 2014 – 2019 presidency. He will succeed President Ricardo Martinelli who served as president from 2009 – 2014.
Viene un gobierno humano, un gobierno decente con el único propósito de servir a este país y luchar contra la desigualdad #Panamá
— Juan Carlos Varela (@JC_Varela) May 5, 2014
"Vamos a ser el mejor gobierno de la historia, porque lo haremos juntos… el pueblo primero" Lorena de Varela #Panamá2014
— La Estrella | Panamá (@EstrellaOnline) May 5, 2014
This was a very close election with Varela obtaining 39.2% of the votes, José Domingo Arias with 32.02% of the votes, and Juan Carlos Navarro with 27.51% of the votes.
In the history of Panama’s democracy, the same party has never been elected twice in a row. The preliminary surveys showed Arias in the lead, who is part of the same party as Martinelli (CD) so this was thought to be the first election with a repeating party. But the tradition continues with the new presidential term with Varela being announced as the winner.