Panama’s New President Signals an Ambitious Agenda

By Mary Triny Zea

José Raúl Mulino promises to close the Darién Gap to migration while pushing a major dam to shore up the Panama Canal.

PANAMA CITY — President José Raul Mulino took office July 1, promising significant action on crucial trade and foreign policy fronts. Analysts said he’ll likely take decisive measures on the migration crisis in the Darién Gap and the Panama Canal’s critical water shortage, while the fate of the largest copper mine in Central America closed last year remains uncertain. In the hours after his inauguration, Mulino signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. to “close” the Darién Gap on the border with Colombia to stop migrants from crossing. In a strong show of support...

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