Democratic Change (Panama)
|Founded||May 20, 1998|
|Headquarters||Parque Lefevre, Plaza Carolina, Panama City, Panama|
|Colours||Cyan, Pink, White|
|Seats in the National Assembly|
|Politics of Panama
The party was founded on May 20, 1998, and is led by Ricardo Martinelli, owner of the Super 99 supermarket chain. The party lists more than 300,000 members, according to the information provided by the Electoral Court (Tribunal Electoral). In the legislative elections of May 3, 2009, the party won 23.4% of the popular vote and 14 out of 78 seats. In the last presidential election, the party leader, Ricardo Martinelli, was elected President of Panama with 59.97% of the vote.
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The party's populist platform includes the support for a strong welfare state, including monetary support programs like Cien a los Setenta for people older than 70 years and Beca Universal for schoolchildren, mixed with free-market capitalism.
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