On the evening of February 27, 1988, the city of Panama came closer to appointing its new principal leader. General Manuel Antonio Noriega, Panama’s former military commander, may be the most powerful man in the country. Although not less than 3 months ago Noriega was facing drug trafficking charges, he still came out victorious when the Panamanian assembly picked a new leader. After voting to remove President Delvalle and Vice President Roderick Esquivel, the Assembly installed the Minister of Education, Manuel Solis Palma, as President, the country's sixth in seven years.
In other international news, four Palestinians were killed on the day of February 27th, 1988. Today's protests were aimed not only at the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, but also at the Middle East mission of Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Palestinians argue that Mr. Shultz's purpose is to protect Israel by halting the momentum of their protests. Hassan Abu Kheirut, a 22 year old Palestinian citizen, was shot in the chest . In the village of Tubas, northeast of Nablus, a 50-year-old woman, Raziqa Misleh Daraghmeh, died after being shot in the pelvis. Iyad Al Kashir and Fouah Al Shawari were also shot to death. After todays killings, death tolls raised to 69 people since this conflict began. Peace talks have been brought up, but have not yet been planned out between the two enemies.
Vietnam says China has landed troops on two reefs in the South China Sea claimed by both countries, according to a Communist Party newspaper. The paper, Nhan Dan, said Chinese had landed on the reefs in the Spratly Islands between Vietnam and Malaysia. The area is said to have oil deposits. If this is true, it shouldn’t be long before other countries start planning some type of invasion to collect whatever oil rests in the area.
Art Agnos, The mayor of San Francisco announced today that the city faces a 172.4 million dollar deficit in the next fiscal...