Panama leader’s deputy-turned-rival wins presidency


Panama’s vice-president, running as an opposition candidate, won the presidential election on Sunday after a campaign in which he took credit for outgoing leader Ricardo Martinelli’s successful economic policies but promised a cleaner government.Juan Carlos Varela of the center-right Panamenista Party (PP) helped Martinelli get elected as president in 2009 but later fell out with him. He has vowed to cut the cost of living, reduce poverty and tackle corruption.Panama’s election tribunal pronounced Varela the winner after he secured almost 40 percent support with more than 60 percent of votes counted.

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