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09 de Aug de 2020

Nacional

Govt job reforms passed

PANAMÁ. The National Assembly approved yesterday the controversial reforms of the Job Administration Laws, re-evaluating credentials ne...

PANAMÁ. The National Assembly approved yesterday the controversial reforms of the Job Administration Laws, re-evaluating credentials necessary for government hire, TVN reports.

The bill was passed on a 44-23 vote.

The reforms have come about after new president Ricardo Martinelli brought into question the credentials of many civil servants who have been employed by the government since before his term, accusing previous administrators of handing positions to unqualified candidates.

This third debate was shadowed by heated exchanges between council members on the different sides of the spectrum, who shouted insults and personal attacks back and forth during the meeting.

After hours of disorder, the tensions were cooled when council president Jose Luis Varela ordered a meeting recess before coming back to vote on the matter.

Before the reforms were approved, PRD legislator Leandro Avila did not rule out sending the case to the Supreme Court, as the situation may be viewed as a series of illegalities committed by numerous members of the central government.