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Katleen Levy and Raúl Hernández elected vice presidents of Assembly

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Panameñista Deputy Katleen Levy, a 25-year-old lawyer, was elected this afternoon as first vice president of the National Assembly, receiving the votes of 46 of the 71 members.

Levy was supported by her party's caucus as well as the factions of the PRD and CD parties who supported PRD Deputy Rubén De León for president over Crispiano Adames, also of the PRD.

She was also supported by two deputies of the Molirena party, one of the Partido Popular and by independent Ana Matilde Gómez.

CD Deputy Dalia Bernal received 23 votes.

Panameñista Deputy Jorge Iván Arrocha nominated Levy.

"We are going to nominate a woman to give gender equality to this board," he said.

He also lauded her work on the tribunal that heard the case of former Supreme Court Justice Alejandro Moncada Luna.

CD Deputy Fernando Carrillo nominated Bernal. The deputy emphasized his career as a teacher.

RAUL HERNANDEZ, SECOND VICE PRESIDENT

PRD Deputy Aibán Jesús Velarde nominated Samir Gozaine for the second vice presidency, while CD Deputy Dana Castañeda nominated fellow party member Raúl Hernández. Hernández received 40 votes to Gozaine's 22 votes. There were eight absences and one abstention.

During the election process, PRD Deputy Benicio Robinson called Hernández a "killer" for allegedly backing the so-called chorizo law. In a heated debate, these accusations were rejected by supporters of Hernández.

PRD Deputy Iván Picota criticized his colleagues for not voting in favor of Gozaine, saying they were "doing deals to bury the party."

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