Juan Carlos Varela Won Presidential Elections in Panama
HAVANA, Cuba, May 5 (acn) Panama's Conservative Party candidate Juan Carlos Varela won that country's presidential elections, according to the first extra-official report of the Panamanian Electoral Council.
Varela is the country's current vice-president, but his relations with President Ricardo Martinelli were broken in 2011 after the head of state removed him from his post of foreign minister, according to Telesur TV.
In a phone call, the president of the Electoral body, Erasmo Pinilla announced Varela that he would be the next Panamanian president for the 2014-2019 term of office.
Analysts say that Varela will face two major challenges which include maintaining economic growth and fighting social inequality.