The Latest: Cattle rancher wins Panama presidency


Associated Press

via Star Tribune (MN) - May 6, 2019


PANAMA CITY — The Latest on Panama (all times local):


11:00 a.m.


Panama's Electoral Court has declared opposition candidate Laurentino Cortizo the winner of the country's presidential elections.


The court says Cortizo of the Democratic Revolutionary Party won 33%, with 95% of votes counted.


It says the cattle rancher will formally be named president-elect on Thursday.


Cortizo said just after midnight Monday that he was calling on Panamanians "to join in a national effort to correct the country's path, rescue the country, and get the economy on the right track."


Second-place candidate and businessman Rómulo Roux won 31% of the vote but has refused to concede defeat.




7:20 a.m.


Cattle rancher Laurentino Cortizo is holding on to his narrow lead...