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Miss Panama contest will accept transgender women 'who have completed all medical procedures' 

The Miss Panama competition has announced it will allow transgender women 'who have completed all their legal and medical procedures' to enter from this year.

The contest is responsible for picking Panama's representative at the Miss Universe pageant.

The organization responsible for the context said the decision has been made 'after plenty of conversation and in line with the rules of the Miss Universe organization'.

The Miss Panama competition has announced it will allow transgender women 'who have completed all their legal and medical procedures' to enter from this year. The contest is responsible for picking Panama's representative at the Miss Universe pageant. Pictured: File image of Catriona Gray of the Philippines is crowned Miss Universe 2018

Miss Universe requires that each national event allow people legally recognized as women to participate in that particular country. 

And now Miss Panama 'will permit women officially legally recognized in the country,' which will 'open the door to transgender women who have completed all of their legal and medical procedures,' the organization said. 

Speaking yesterday about the decision, President of Miss Panama, Cesar Anel Rodriguez, said it is in response to Miss Universe's regulation regarding transgender women.

He said: 'We investigated the issue of people who are legally recognized for changing their gender.'

In 2018, Angela Ponce (pictured) became the first openly transgender woman to compete in the Miss Universe pageant as the representative from Spain

Rodriguez added that a 2018 announcement indicated that at least 10 transgender women had been recognized in the civil register. 

'Guaranteed to be an inclusive organization, we approved this decision based on strict legal guidelines and according to previous international agreements,' the organization's statement said.

For now, there are no transgender women registered for the pageant, according to its officials.

In 2018, Angela Ponce became the first openly transgender woman to compete in the Miss Universe pageant as the representative from Spain.

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