Panama City, Panama, October 22, 2006.-

Panamanians voted “Sí” (“Yes” in Spanish) today in a national referendum on Panama Canal expansion. The voting began on a quit Sunday morning at 7 a.m. The enthusiasm and energy was apparent as each voter played their part in this historic event that determined the direction and future of the Canal and Panama. By law, expansion, or the “third set of locks project”, must be put to a vote in a popular referendum. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) presented its formal proposal to the Panamanian government in April. In the end, 78 percent voted for expansion, as of 9:30 p.m. EDT.

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