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Cigarruista sworn in as Court of Auditors judge

An alternate for the judge has yet to be named after Peter Chatlani turned down the appointment.

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Former legislator and Supreme Court justice Alberto Cigarruista was sworn into office today as a judge of the Court of Auditors.

Peter Chatlani was to be sworn in as his alternate, but he withdrew from consideration citing personal reasons. It is unknown who will replace him.

Cigarruista announced that he will not work in politics or the legal profession during his 10-year term. These activities are prohibited.

He said that he regrets leaving politics, but that he will serve the people in his new position.

Twelve years ago, his appointment to the Supreme Court was tainted by the bribery scandal involving the Multimodal Industrial and Service Center (Cemis) case.

Among his plans for his new position is to seek a greater emphasis on the asset declarations that are required of public officials upon entering and leaving office.

Cigarruista was elected yesterday by the Supreme Court judges by a 5-4 margin. A member of the Panameñista party, he ran unsuccesfully for deputy in the 7-2 circuit last May.

The swearing in was closed to the media, though journalists were able to view the ceremony by video. It was originally supposed to be open, but was closed by court officials.

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