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09:01, July 02, 2009

Martinelli takes office as president of Panama


Panama's new President Ricardo Martinelli (L) takes the oath during his inauguration at the Convention Center of Atlapa in Panama City July 1, 2009, becoming the fifth elected president of the country since Panama's military government fell in 1989. (Xinhua/Edward de Icaza)


Ricardo Martinelli was sworn into office as president of Panama on Wednesday, for a term that runs from 2009 to 2014.

The former businessman received the presidential sash from JoseLuis Varela, the president of Panama's legislature, the National Assembly, in a ceremony at the Atlapa Convention Center's Anayansiauditorium.


Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli (C) stands after receiving the presidential band during his inauguration at the Convention Center of Atlapa in Panama City July 1, 2009. (Xinhua/Edward de Icaza)


Martinelli is the fifth elected president of the country since Panama's military government fell in 1989.

At the ceremony, Martinelli emphasized that his government would be characterized by a new style of administration, combining private sector and public administration experience.

Source: Xinhua

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