Last minute candidate Jose Raul Mulino headed for victory in Panama’s presidential election

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Officials unofficially announced the results with 88 percent of votes counted by Sunday night. Former security minister Mulino (64) got about 35 percent of the votes, giving him a nine-point lead over other candidates. In Panama the candidate who receives the most votes is the winner of the elections.

Panama City. Jose Raul Mulino, the last-minute candidate to replace former President Ricardo Martinelli in Panama’s presidential election, is set to become the new leader of this Central American country. Officials unofficially announced the results with 88 percent of votes counted by Sunday night. Former security minister Mulino (64) got about 35 percent of the votes, giving him a nine-point lead over other candidates. In Panama the candidate who receives the most votes is the winner of the elections.

Mulino was fielded after flamboyant former leader Martinelli was banned from contesting elections after being sentenced to 10 years in jail in a money laundering case. Mulino is considered certain to become the country’s new leader after the most tumultuous election in Panama’s recent history. They will be challenged by a slowing economy, historic levels of displacement, a drought disrupting transportation across the Panama Canal and the economic fallout from last year’s massive anti-mining protests.

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