Cortizo declares victory in tight Panama presidential race

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo said he won the presidency in Panama’s election on Sunday, declaring victory after an unexpectedly tight race that put him less than two points ahead of Romulo Roux, who has not conceded defeat.

The former agriculture minister of the center-left Democratic Revolution Party had nearly 33 percent of the vote with more than 93 percent of votes counted, the election tribunal said.

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