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Monday, May 4, 2009
Panama Opposition Leads Elections
Panama, May 4.- Extra-official information suggests Monday the triumph of Ricardo Martinelli, of the opposition Alliance for Change party, in the Panamanian presidential elections, with 60.3 percent
of votes and 91.3 percent of ballots counted. Figures from the Electoral Court show early Monday that after evaluating 89.4 percent of polling stations, the businessperson had 873,244 votes in his favor.
Following Martinelli is Balbina Herrera, of the Democratic Revolutionary Movement, with 37.3 percent (540,543 votes), and Guillermo Endara, of the Homeland Moral Vanguard party with 34,231 votes.
The information also stated that of the number of votes reported, 1.13 percent were blank and 1.84 null.
Martinelli's victory will be decided once the National Vote Counting Boards evaluate the country's 39 electoral
constituencies, which could happen Wednesday. (Prensa Latina)