Raul Mulino, our beloved Minister of Security, corrupt radar schemer and foulmouthed opponent of any and all activism in Panama, is out. Kaput. Over. He resigned today, and you can read his letter to Martinelli here.
The resignation is the result of yet another Panamanian crisis. For months, the government (Mulino), the National Police and the United States had been working on a new law that would introduce a bit of accountability into the police and its military departments SENAFRONT and Aeronaval. As in, a sort of an independent internal affairs thing, with independent (cough...) tribunals judging alleged corruption and other bad things.
So, this new law gets presented at the National Assembly, and then all of a sudden police chief and former Noriega crony Gustavo Perez came out and said, "well, that's not gonna happen. Only the police investigates the police".
Is it now the police chief who runs the government in Panama? It seems so, and logically everybody is up in arms about it. The police, in turn, released a series of tweets (politics are practiced on Twitter in Panama) explaining that they were ready to discuss the law, had asked for more time, and other such vague excuses.
Telemetro journalist Alvaro Alvarado reported meanwhile that the police force is being assembled in the barracks. Will there be a coup? We'll keep you posted!