Panama City — Panamanians went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president after a campaign dominated by concerns about corruption. “Voting begins,” Panama’s Electoral Tribunal tweeted. About 2.7-million people are eligible to vote. Social Democrat Laurentino Cortizo was favoured to win, with pre-election polls giving him a 10-point lead over his closest challenger, former foreign minister Romulo Roux of the Democratic Change party. Independent Ricardo Lombana was a close third in the polls. Sunday’s winner will succeed Juan Carlos Varela, who is unable to stand for re-election as Panama’s constitution limits presidents to a single five-year term. Corruption scandals played a significant role in election campaigning in a country struggling to shed its image as a money-laundering paradise following the Panama Papers scandal three years ago. Equally damaging was the admission by Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht that it had paid $59m in bribes in Panama between 2010 and 2014...

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