Do they hold democratic elections in Panama? And is it a president or a prime minister?
Panama is indeed a democratic republic, with a president elected by popular vote, unlike the US’s electoral college system. The Panamanian president is both head of state and head of government. The president is elected for a five-year term, and can’t serve two consecutive terms; rather he/she must wait at least two terms, before running for re-election. Panama is also one of the few democracies in the world to have elected a woman president (Mireya Moscosa, 1999-2004).