05/09/2012 - In a session extending until early in the morning, the plenary of the National Assembly made progress with the second debate of the bill reforming the Electoral Code, in the middle of a heated political atmosphere.
The discussion of the proposal promoted by governing Cambio Democrático (CD) party began at 9 p.m. with the reading of the three minority reports from opposition, which requested the rejection of the initiative.
The reports were rejected at 3 p.m. Supporters of government party legislators coming from San MIguelito district began to insult opposing party legislators from the stands.
The tension reached its peak when at 10:30 p.m., young members of Panameñista Party and Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) party entered the premises of the Assembly yelling out slogans against the Chairman of the National Assembly, Sergio “Chello” Gálvez.
Gálvez threatened to imprison protesters if not remaining in order. In addition, several people tried to climb the fence in order to enter the Assembly, reason why Gálvez ordered the reinforcement of the surveillance for the security of the legislators and the officials of the institution.
Around midnight, riot control agents stationed at the premises of the Assembly.
At 2:44 a.m. of this Wednesday, Sept. 5, after more than 18 hours of session, a recess was requested until 4 p.m.
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