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A Guide to 2019 Latin American Elections: Panama



Panama held general elections for 1,722 posts across the country on May 5. Approximately 73 percent of the 2.7 million eligible voters turned out to elect a new president and vice president, 71 deputies to the National Assembly, 81 mayors, and a host of other municipal representatives in the single-round vote.

In the closest election since the country’s return to democracy in 1989, Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo of the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party took 33 percent of the vote, beating out the Democratic Change party’s Rómulo Roux by 2 percent. Cortizo took office July 1 for a period of five years, and can only run for reelection after sitting out two terms.

>> Find out about other elections in our main 2019 Election Guide.

Laurentino "Nito" Cortizo wins Panama's election

3 Charts on Panama's General Elections

May 06, 2019

The PRD’s Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo is proclaimed winner of closest presidential race of the last 30 years.

Nito Cortizo, Romulo Roux, Ricardo Lombana

What to Watch ahead of Panama's May 5 Election

May 02, 2019

One candidate leads, but polls have been wrong before.

Elections 2019: Five Things to Know About Panama’s May 5 Vote

April 30, 2019

Corruption has taken center-stage in Panama’s first presidential election since the release of the Panama Papers.

Meet the Candidates: Panama

April 11, 2019

Ending corruption is top on voters' minds in Panama, but they're split over who offers the most credible promise of change.

Panamanian Presidential candidates Roux, Cortizo, Blandon. (AP)

Explainer: A Who's Who of Panama's Presidential Candidates

March 08, 2019

Learn about the candidates’ positions on everything from constitutional reform to social security to agricultural production.

Poll Tracker: Panama's 2019 Presidential Election

Poll Tracker: Panama's 2019 Presidential Election

May 01, 2019

The opposition PRD party leads the race in the seven-candidate field ahead of the May 5 vote.

Voters in Panama on Election Day. (AP)

2019 Latin American Elections: A Preview

January 09, 2019

AS/COA Online takes a look at upcoming presidential races in Argentina, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and Uruguay.