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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Panama Coup Plot

PANAMA CITY () -- The Panamanian government says it has uncovered a plot by former military officials to assassinate President Ernesto Perez Balladares and seize control of the country.


Interior Minister Raul Montenegro said at a news conferencethat 10 members of Panama's civilian National Police Force based in the west of the country and in Panama City had been arrested, and that further arrests were expected soon. The group, which apparently opposed Perez Balladares' national security policies, had planned to assassinate him and his closest aides next Friday when he was due to visit the town of Boquete in Chiriqui province, he said.