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July 3rd, 2011
By Dan Miller
The President of Panamá, that is.
According to an article in a local Panamanian news service that reprises articles in the Spanish language newspapers,
La Prensa reported that Martinelli listed one of his mistakes the law which eliminated the requirement for environmental impact studies on all proposed development projects.
The law was contained in a bundle of proposals leading to the so called “sausage law” leading yo confrontations in Bocas del Toro that resulted in two deaths and more than 700 people being [injured] inclusing [sic] blindings [sic].
According to Martinelli, even though the law was heavily criticized when it was introduced, when a consensus was reached later, more than 90 percent of the original suggestions were approved.
Martinelli also said it was a mistake to revoke the mining law because some corrections must be made But, “there are millions of dollars being left on the table. We are losing them as a country because we revoked that law.”
“I made a mistake when I revoked it and did not restored [sic] the previous law, creating a legal limbo. That was a mistake and we have to recognize it,” said Martinelli.
When he talked about his good decisions, he mentioned the “100 for 70” program ($100 payments to retirees over 70 and on low pensions) , universal scholarships, tax collection and the end of what he described as “a small group of people bossing the country around.”
“This is a grown up, different country in which we all have to contribute to, and that was a situation that did not happen before. There used to be some individuals who did not pay taxes,” he said.
President Martinelli was a very successful businessman when he ran for the presidency and — probably because his opponent was favorable to Venezuelan el Presidente Chávez and had been a good friend of Noriega — he won an overwhelming victory. Despite his mistakes, many of which have offended those on the left, he remains very popular.
I could draw some comparisons to el Presidente Obama, but won’t bother; it would be pointless because He is incapable of making mistakes, as we all know.
(This article was first published at The PJ Tatler.)
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