Laurentino Cortizo takes oath as president of Panama, vows to curb corruption, close wealth gap in isthmus nation
Panama’s new President Laurentino Cortizo vowed to curb corruption and close the wealth gap in the isthmus nation at his swearing-in ceremony on Monday. During his five-year term he will have to balance relations with China and the United States, on top of domestic issues. U.S.-educated political veteran Cortizo, 66, of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), won the May election.
Ambrosio Soto, the mayor of a town in one of Mexico's most violent drug corridors was shot to death, the second mayor killed in Mexico in two days
Pena Nieto, who sought to cast himself as the leader of a new PRI, called his victory "a fiesta of democracy." He promised a government that would be democratic, modern and open to criticism.