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February 12, 2014

Panama rallies behind ‘engineer's engineer' in fight over canal

  • U.S. firms — including CH2M Hill — have expressed the most interest in completing the 30 percent of work that remains.
    Associated Press

    PANAMA CITY — He has the weight of Panama's pride and a good chunk of global commerce on his shoulders.

    Yet weeks of acrimonious, late night negotiations to rescue the Panama Canal's $5.25 billion expansion haven't taken a toll on Jorge Quijano. The canal's top administrator wakes up at 5 a.m. each day for a brisk 40-minute walk along the bluff near the century-old plantation home where he resides as successor to the 17 American governors who lorded over the canal zone until 1979.

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