Panama turned into elected president the opposition candidate Juan Carlos Varela, postulated by an alliance of the Popular and Panamanian parties.
As part of a Panamanian electoral tradition, the President of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama, the Magistrate Erasmo Pinilla, informed via phone to Varela that according to the results of the votes and with an irreversible trend, `he is the elected President´ of this country for the 2014-2019 period.
Varela defeated the officialist José Domingo Arias, from the Democratic Change Ruling Party (CD), and the opposition candidate, Juan Carlos Navarro, from the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), and shall assume his position for a five-year government management next July.
The Electoral Tribunal (TE) reported that after 1,149,066 valid votes counted, equivalent to the 60.52% of the 6,330 poll stations, Varela obtained 450,348 votes, corresponding to the 39.19%, while Arias received 368,219, the 32.05% and Navarro captured 315,556 votes, the 27.46%.
The counting of the votes is still going on and the numbers keep changing, without modifying the trend.