Panama's first lady tapped as vice-presidential candidate

PANAMA CITY (REUTERS) - Panama's ruling party nominated Marta Linares, the wife of President Ricardo Martinelli, as its vice-presidential candidate for the May election, the party's presidential candidate announced on his Twitter page on Wednesday.

"Marta will be our vice president," said Jose Domingo Arias, the standard-bearer for the Democratic Change party, in a post on the social media website following Ms Linares' formal approval by party members.

Mr Martinelli is prohibited by the constitution from running for a second five-year term as president of the Central American country.

Ms Linares has no formal political experience.