LATAM POLITICS TODAY-Brazil Bolsonaro picks running mate
The latest in Latin American politics today: In Brazil, Bolsonaro taps Braga Netto as running mate
SAO PAULO — President Jair Bolsonaro has said in an interview that he will announce former defense minister Walter Braga Netto as his running mate for the October elections. Braga Netto, a retired army general, was previously Bolsonaro’s chief of staff. Current Vice President Hamilton Mourao, also a former general, is set to run for a Senate seat representing the state of Rio Grande do Sul after a series of high-profile disagreements with Bolsonaro.
Guatemala’s Giammattei visits United States amid strained relations CITY OF GUATEMALA – Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei arrived in the United States for a two-day working tour after withdrawing from the Summit of the Americas earlier this month.
His program includes a meeting with the US Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, as well as participation in a session of the Organization of American States (OAS). Giammattei came under fire from the United States in May after reappointing its attorney general, accused of “significant” corruption, for a second term.
Ecuadorian indigenous leaders agree to meet government QUITO – Ecuadorian indigenous organizations have said they will meet with the government to discuss demands for lower fuel and food prices that have sparked two weeks of protests, hitting the weakened economy of the country and threatening its oil production.
Demonstrations by mostly indigenous protesters, whose demands include lower fuel and food prices, began on June 13 and led to a sharp drop in oil production in the country. Ecuador’s energy minister warned on Sunday that oil production could be suspended by Tuesday due to disruptions caused by the protests.
Support for Chile’s Boric and new constitution hit record high Public opinion of Chile’s leftist President Gabriel Boric and a planned new constitution has reached record highs, according to a poll by the private company Cadem, the majority of people respondents saying the economy is stagnating or deteriorating.
According to the poll, Boric’s approval rating fell to 34% from 40%, a new low since he took office in March, while support for a new constitution dipped to just 33%. Brazil’s Bolsonaro and Russia’s Putin discuss partnership
MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro discussed global food security and confirmed their intention to strengthen ties, the Kremlin said. Putin assured Bolsonaro in a phone call that Russia would fulfill all of its obligations to supply fertilizer to Brazil, the Kremlin said in a statement.
Mexico considers water-saving incentives amid drought MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said he would be willing to give tax breaks to businesses that reduce water use in the northern state of Nuevo Leon to help combat a regional drought. (Compiled by Gabriel Araujo; Editing by Alistair Bell and Matthew Lewis)
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