LATAM POLITICS TODAY-Lula’s advantage over Bolsonaro narrows slightly ahead of Brazil election

Latest in Latin American politics today: Lula’s advantage over Bolsonaro narrows slightly ahead of Brazil election

SAO PAULO – Left-wing leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s lead over far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro for Brazil’s October elections has narrowed slightly, according to a new CNT/MDA poll. Lula has 42.3% electoral support to 34.1% for Bolsonaro in the first round of voting, compared to the previous CNT/MDA survey in May where Lula had 40.6% to 32% for Bolsonaro.

Lula would win an expected runoff against Bolsonaro with 50.1% of the vote to 38.8%, a narrower 11.3% advantage than his 14-point lead in May, according to the poll. Brazil orders re-arrest of German consul accused of her husband’s death

RIO DE JANEIRO – A Brazilian judge has ordered the arrest of a German diplomat accused of murdering her Belgian husband in Rio de Janeiro and asked Interpol to add his name to their wanted list amid reports that he would have left the country. Consul Uwe Herbert Hahn had been under preventive arrest since August 7 following the death of her husband, Walter Biot, but was released on Friday after a local court ruled that prosecutors had missed an initial deadline to file charges against him.

COVAX to ship 10 million COVID vaccines to Mexico by September 30, official says MEXICO CITY – UN-backed COVAX vaccine program to ship 10 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children in Mexico from by the end of September, a Mexican official said.

The confirmed dates for the delivery of the vaccines come a week after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would complain to the United Nations about the delay in delivering vaccines requested by the government. Guatemala vows support for Taiwan, China accuses island of ‘political manipulation’

TAIPEI/BEIJING – Guatemalan Foreign Minister Mario Bucaro has said the Central American country will “always support” Taiwan, after China conducted its biggest-ever military drills around the self-governing island at the start of the month. During a meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen at the presidential office in Taipei, Bucaro said Guatemala and Taiwan were “like-minded countries” united by a “democratic alliance”.

Over 300 Panamanian artifacts returned from the Netherlands – ministry PANAMA CITY – The Netherlands has returned a collection of 343 ceramics from the pre-Hispanic era to Panama in response to a campaign by the Central American country to protect its heritage culture, announced the authorities of the city of Panama.

“This is the largest repatriation of archaeological pieces in the history of Central America,” Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes said in a government statement. The Foreign Office said another repatriation of ancient artifacts would come from Italy. He gave no further details. (Compiled by Steven Grattan; edited by Jonathan Oatis)

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