Government- Panama's government is run by a Constitutional Democracy. Like the United States, the government is divided into three separate branches; the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. Representation is split evenly amongst the nine provinces of Panama. The country is currently led by President Ricardo Martinelli of the Democratic Change party. Despite Panama's history of corrupt leaders and officials, the country has maintained a stable, fair government in recent years.
The Flag- Panama's flag was designed to represent the country's political history and it's geographic location. To most, the two different colors represent the two political parties that rule the country at different times. The white symbolizes equality and how the two parties each rule the country equally. The blue is also thought to represent the Pacific Ocean, while the red symbolizes the blood shed for the nation's independence.
Incredible pictures that show the construction of the Panama Canal in 1881