Martinelli Calls On Panama City Mayor Bosco Vallarino To Resign

Martinelli Calls On Panama City Mayor Bosco Vallarino To Resign

Saturday, July 03 2010 @ 12:36 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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Panama’s president Ricardo Martinelli yesterday publicly called for the resignation of Panama City Mayor Bosco Vallarino. Although Martinelli said he had not yet spoken to Vallarino, he said “we cannot have a dirty city,” and “this city can’t take any more.” However, the decision rests with Vallarino. According to Panamanian law and the Constitution, neither the governor of the Province of Panama nor the President of the Republic have the power to dismiss or remove him from office because he was elected by popular vote.
Martinelli has already said that if Vallarino leaves office then Vice Mayor Roxana Mendez would occupy the position. Méndez, who is currently the Minister of Government, said she is awaiting the Mayor’s decision. She said that if Bosco Vallarino resigns as the Mayor of Panama City, then she would simultaneously resign as the Minister of Government in order to take charge of the municipality. “This would be mandatory, not optional,” she said. Mendez was elected as the Vice Mayor of Panama City in the May 2009 elections, however she walked away from her post over a disagreement with Vallarino on 30 November 2009.

Vallarino’s problems reached a crisis with failures in garbage collection, prompting Martinelli to create a new “Cleanliness Authority” – assuming part of the responsibility that had previously always rested with the municipality. Two days ago Martinelli made it very clear in a public manner that he no longer wanted Vallarino in office.

Vallarino said he will not resign. He said on the Channel 2 TVN news broadcast that former Mayor Juan Carlos Navarro had 10 years “to demonstrate the quality of his work” and that he “has had only one year.” Vallarino asked the President for more time to “resolve the situation of the municipality.” Vice President Juan Carlos Varela will meet with Vallarino tomorrow to assess the situation. (La Prensa)

Editor’s Comment: Yeah, it’s not looking too good for Bosco Vallarino. Now of course, the only reason these pressure tactics are going to work is because Juan Carlos Varela, who is the Vice President of Panama and the Foreign Minister, is also the President of the Panameñista political party – the same party as Bosco Vallarino. And most importantly, Ricardo Martinelli promised Juan Carlos Varela that he would be the primary candidate for President in the 2014 election. These guys are smart politicians, and they can read the polls. Recently Panama City Mayor Bosco Vallarino received a dismal 4% approval rating. Based on that alone Vallarino should resign. If Bosco was PRD then he would flip Martinelli the bird and say “screw you.” But since Bosco is supposed to be on the same team, they can ask him to be a team player, and bench him.

It’s Not About “Friendly Fire” It has become blazingly obvious that Bosco Vallarino simply can’t do the job. He’s getting bounced around from one scandal to another, the most recent over his spending of almost $1 million dollars for “image consultants.” Money well spent? Not likely. I expect in their meeting tomorrow Juan Carlos Varela will lay things out in a clear and simple manner for Bosco Vallarino – either he steps aside voluntarily, or they will stop protecting him and he will be removed from office anyway (the nasty, dirty, scandalous way) by legal action taken by Martinelli’s man at the Attorney General’s office – Giuseppe Bonissi. Either way the end result is the same, Bosco Vallarino is gone from the scenario and Martinelli and company can get back to focusing on things that matter – like winning the election in 2014. They simply cannot afford to have Bosco sitting there doing stupid shit for the next four years. He’s mucking up their MoJo.

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