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Week's delay expected on Panama election results

Panamanians will probably have to wait for a weeklong investigation of fraud allegations by a three-man tribunal before they know who will be declared winner of last Sunday's presidential election.

Diplomatic sources said that Nicolas Ardito Barletta, the official candidate of the military-backed government, is then expected to be declared the winner of Panama's first presidential election in 16 years.

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The sources said they expect the powerful National Guard, which has virtually ruled Panama for the past 16 years, to exert strong pressure on the tribunal to name Mr. Barletta.

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