Sunday, August 14

Assembly ends period with little progress on issues of conflicts of interest and internal regulations

The president of the National Assembly, Crispiano Adames accepted that it has not been possible to reach decisive moments on issues of conflicts of interest and internal regulations, but progress was made gradually in specific approaches towards this reality, after the conclusion of the first term of the third legislative period.

According to the press release of the National Assembly, Deputy Adames closed the first half of his year as president of the Legislature, satisfied with the work done, “the result of the consensus and support of all his colleagues, who contributed to the process with draft laws and discussions that strengthened each law passed in their third debate ”.

“We are not on vacation, but a recess to evaluate in each point of the country, complaints and expectations of each Panamanian, after concluding”said Adames in the closing session of the First Legislature of the Third Constitutional Period.

He recalled that last July some expressed that it was highly unlikely that it would be able to make substantial progress, in an Assembly with such a heterogeneous composition and with such diverse challenges, “But the task was accomplished.”

“I feel that in this period a remarkable particular effort was made; although some sectors do not see it; now we have to go to our communities to observe and listen to the feelings of the people, let history judge us, ”the president stressed.

Acknowledge that there are very sensitive issues that many would not dare to debate, about health, education, security, “But we did it and we synchronized the effort with tangible results in the approved laws.”

When referring to the projects approved in this first legislature of the third period, Adames mentioned the regulations that reorganize the SINAPROC, the national system for the official registry of sex offenders, the law that extends the scope of the maternity jurisdiction to the father and grants vacations in the event of the mother’s death.

Similarly, lthe law that regulates home education, the regulation of agrotourism, the medicinal and therapeutic use of cannabis, the recognition of the payment of the seniority premium for public servants.

Also, he highlighted the bills approved in the third debate and that are awaiting approval, such as the international tax transparency and prevention of money laundering, terrorist financing, better known as the FATF law.