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.
With the countdown to the battle for Raisina Hill having already started, leaders of "secular" parties are making a beeline to 10, Janpath, to discuss ways to counter the Modi-Shah juggernaut through a consensus candidate for India's top constitutional post when President Pranab Mukherjee's term ends in July.