Blandón seeks an opposition voice, but still without alliances

The president of the Panameñista Party tries to unify the voice of the opposition and reflect it in the Assembly and local governments, but says that it is still early to concentrate alliances for 2024

Although the general elections are more than two years away on the calendar, the opposition parties are beginning to appear together in the media. Last Sunday’s breakfast, organized by the president of the Panameñista Party, José Blandón, was a courtesy appointment that is customary on special dates, in this case, the renewal of the directive in the Panamanian convention.

It is early for alliances, all the guests –Rómulo Roux, president of Cambio Democrático; the host, José Blandón, president of Panama; José Alberto Álvarez, president of the PAIS party; José Muñoz, president of the Alianza party, and Daniel Brea, president of the Popular Party – make this very clear. But they cannot deny that it exists later on, when the time draws near to join forces and overcome the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), in power, and Realizing Goals (RM), the group of former president Ricardo Martinelli, the latter still with legal matters to resolve.

What Blandón aspires to, and that the rest is not closed to, is to continue the conversations on the issues that the country needs to solve, such as reforms to the Social Security Fund, unemployment and others, outlining “a voice of opposition and then make pronouncements to pressure the government for its solution, or vote in the same way in the National Assembly, or local governments,” Blandón explained to La Estrella de Panamá.

Ricardo Lombana says he is surprised to be the focus of the news, about the news for not having attended. He is concentrating on the internal convention on May 22, where he will choose, he says, the team that will accompany him in the political task. In the 2019 elections he got 20% of the votes as an independent candidate. He was then criticized for lack of structure in his party. Something that “we are working on,” he told this medium. “We will present our vision for the country plan from 2024 forward and our team,” he said. He does not rule out alliances, but on the condition that there is a “commitment to achieve what the people want.”

She has flirted with the singer Rubén Blades, with whom she has not spoken lately. “Welcome, we can come to an agreement,” said Lombana. The same invitation has been made to Ana Matilde Gómez, former Attorney General of the Nation, and the independent deputies Juan Diego Vásquez, Gabriel Silva, and others with whom he has held “important meetings in the last week.”

All the participants in the meeting agreed on the opportunity to unite for the next contest. To speak of an alliance now is premature because some groups have not resolved their own problems and internal elections are pending.

“We talk about unemployment, security, but we don’t fall into the fundamental issue that is corruption. You have to elect good people who love Panama,” Brea mentioned to this newspaper.

Álvarez (Toto) is concerned about impunity and highlighting family values, are two topics that he frequently addresses on the agenda.

Until the closing of this edition, Roux’s response was awaited.