May 6, 2019 / 7:53 PM / 4 months ago

Panama presidential contender Roux concedes victory to Cortizo

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Panamanian presidential hopeful Romulo Roux, a former foreign minister under past President Ricardo Martinelli, conceded defeat to U.S.-educated political veteran Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo on Monday.

Panama’s electoral tribunal had already declared Cortizo the winner by just over 2 percentage points in the close presidential election.

Roux had been reluctant to concede defeat on Sunday, saying he had found some irregularities in ballots in some voting areas.

Reporting by Stefanie Eschenbacher and Elida Moreno; writing by Anthony Esposito; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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