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Aprobado en tercer debate Proyecto de Ley 73

The bill that creates new townships in the Ngäbe Buglé region is approved in third debate

The Plenary of the National Assembly approved in third debate the bill 73 that creates six new townships in the Ngäbe Buglé region.

It is a proposal by the deputy of the Democratic Change party, Leopoldo Archibold, which the president of the Republic of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, objected to as unenforceable.

However, the Indigenous Affairs Commission of the National Assembly recommended continuing with the proceedings of the third debate, which took approximately 5 minutes, in order to reject the objection presented by the president and insist on its approval.

Archibold explained that the project goes to the Court to determine if the Legislative or Executive Branch is right.

With this initiative the following townships would be created:

Kankintú District

Trinchera Comarcal township, segregated from the township of Mününi
Río Canoa district, segregated from the Piedra Roja district

Jirondai District

Beri village, segregated from the Tu Gwai village
Daira township, segregated from the Mancreek township

Kusapín District

Vegay township, segregated from the Chirgwai river township
Bucori township, segregated from the Bahía Azul township

According to the commissioners of Indigenous Affairs, this project "seeks the well-being and improvement of the quality of life of the population that remains in poverty conditions."

Regarding the inconvenience detailed by the Executive, the commission maintains that the way in which the instructions to the Electoral Tribunal for a comprehensive reorganization of the Electoral Roll are presented are correct and that the authorities have historically remained in office until the new elections.

They assure that they have evidence of the citizen consultations and reports of all the meetings they held, which is why they consider that the argument of "inconvenience" disappears.

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