Balbina Herrera acknowledged her defeat in a speech made this evening to a crowd of frowning PRD supporters, warning them that it falls to us now to watch closely to make sure that they deliver the things they promised, referring to the real change pledged throughout Alliance for Change Ricardo Martinellis campaign.
The veteran politician said she understood the message sent to her via the ballots cast today and accepted responsibility for the defeat.
This party is my responsibility, I cant blame anyone. I am a political leader, and I am the candidate. I assume my responsibility, said Herrera, and called for reform within the party.
Current Panama City Mayor and vice presidential candidate Juan Carlos Navarro stood nearby, grimacing.
Herrera ended her address by suggesting that Martinellis wealth as owner of the Super 99 chain of grocery stores may have given him an edge.
We cans keep purchasing the presidency of the republic, she said, adding that limits needed to be placed on campaign spending.