THE DEMOCRATIC Change Party members headed to 1,079 voting stations scattered across the country on Sunday, Oct.15, to determine whether it would live up to its name and introduce change in its ruling structure, pr cling to its Martinelista roots
The party, founded and funded by Ricardo Martinelli to forward his political ambitions, is deeply divided, with the group calling for “renewal” dubbed “traitors by the hardcore .on Sunday its 342,042 registered members were voting to chose the boards that govern the party while their founder was absent from the fray as he began his fifth month behind bars in a Miami detention center while awaiting extradition to face criminal charges that could, in theory, see him in jail for 20 years if found guilty, with other charges waiting in the wings.
In their electoral campaign on social networks, the Martinelli loyalists have called for the dismissal of the “traitors”. They continue to cling to the leader-inspired “political persecution” mantra to explain the scores of corruption charges faced by Martinelli and many members of his former cabinet, along with fellow-travelling “entrepreneurs” who had access to the government coffers in the Martinelli (era (2009 -20140))
Martinelli himself, before his Twitter account was silenced by his detention, called for a declaration loyalty from CD deputies who did not want to be branded a Trojan horse or traitors
Martinelli, and those who support him, have referred 16 deputies to the CD Court of Honor disciplinary process, along with National Assembly president, Yanibel Abrego, and the General Secretary of the CD party, Rómulo Roux On October 12, Martinelli spokesman Luis Eduardo Camacho revealed that Roux is one of the traitors “for him to question the CD leader is to not want unity. Is disloyalty to him synonymous with unity? “
In his campaign, Roux has focused on talking about the unity of the party to create a real change or a renewal of the political collective. “Unity to win in 2019,”
Others who referred to the renewal group as “betrayers” were former Security Minister and party presidential candidate Jose Raul Mulino who has been embroiled in corruption charges and former Cabinet Minister Alma Cortés, out on bail pending trial for illegal enrichment.”