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Panama election: Cortizo wins unexpectedly close race

May 7, 2019 5:11 am

Centre-left candidate Laurentino Cortizo has been declared the winner of Panama’s presidential election.

In an unexpectedly close race, Mr Cortizo finished two percentage points ahead of his centre-right rival, Rómulo Roux.

Mr Roux has yet to concede, citing reports of voting irregularities.

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The elections have been dominated by pledges to fight corruption and to tackle Panama’s image as a money-laundering country.

The country’s electoral tribunal says 95% of ballots have been counted, with Mr Cortizo winning 33% of votes, followed by Mr Roux with 33%.

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