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Varela faces criticism over Corcione case

Calls have been made for the president to remove Corcione from the ACP board.

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President Juan Carlos Varela is facing criticism for his refusal to remove Nicolás Corcione from the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) due to his constant absences from meetings.

"The executive has to leave those decisions to the judiciary and the Public Prosecutor's Office," said Varela.

Three board members, Adolfo Ahumada, Ricardo De La Espriella and Elías Castillo, have called on Varela to remove Corcione, who is being investigated for money laundering and who has fled the country, based on an ACP rule that states members may be removed "for the commission of an offense against public administration." The president can order the removal with the approval of the Cabinet and the National Assembly.

Annette Planells, of the Independent Movement (Movin), said that it is "important" that Varela take action on this matter. Planells said Corcione is obliged to attend the sessions of the ACP, and "if he does not, the president must exercise his authority and remove him."

Former Electoral Court Judge Guillermo Marquez indicated that there appears to be "a lack of willingness of the executive to solve this conflict."

Roberto Troncoso, of the Citizen's Forum, said Corcione is endangering the image of the ACP, so he should be removed.

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