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Yearbook 1998

Panama. In January, the last US troops left the Querry Heights military center under the 1977 agreement governing the US presence and the Panama Canal surrender to Panama on December 31, 1999. Panama-US negotiations to make the old US air base Howard the center for the fight against drugs were later added down without agreement. Instead, the country's entrepreneurs suggested that the base be converted into a distribution center for goods.

In a referendum in August, the Panamans voted against a constitutional amendment that would have given President Ernesto Pérez Balladares the right to re-run for president in the 1999 elections. Congress had previously approved the constitutional amendment.

According to Countryaah, the United States Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Panama's former leader, General Manuel Noriega, who is jailed in Florida. The court upheld the previous sentence of 40 years in prison for drug smuggling and bribery.

Panama was hit in October by Hurricane Mitch's progress but not to the extent of neighboring countries in the north.

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