Panama’s outgoing president touts wife’s candidacy

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In this April 15, 2014 photo, Marta Linares, the wife of Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli, vice president candidate for the Democratic Change Party, greets women as she campaigns in Panama City. Barred by the constitution from seeking immediate re-election, President Martinelli is counting on his wife and another loyalist newcomer, presidential candidate Jose Domingo Arias, to protect his legacy for transforming Panama into one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Panama will hold general election on May 4. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)PANAMA CITY (AP) — She’s a political novice with a scant presence on the campaign trail, but Marta Linares has one vote that matters more than most in her bid to become Panama’s next vice president: that of her husband, outgoing President Ricardo Martinelli.