LATAM POLITICS TODAY-Panama judge summons two ex-presidents to court in Odebrecht probe

Breaking news in Latin American politics today: A Panamanian judge summons two ex-presidents to court in the Odebrecht investigation

PANAMA CITY — A Panamanian judge on Tuesday called on two former presidents, along with a list of other high-profile figures, to stand trial for money laundering related to the Odebrecht corruption probe, a sweeping investigation into the corruption that has spread across Latin America. The country’s attorney general’s office said a judge had summoned 36 people on money laundering charges, including six former ministers, former civil servants, businessmen and others.

The trial would begin in August 2023, he said. Mexican President Says Government Cannot Buy GM Corn

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government can’t buy yellow corn from the United States because it doesn’t want genetically modified (GM) corn, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday. The United States wanted to sell more yellow corn to Mexico and Mexico refused, Lopez Obrador said at a regular press conference.

“There’s a market for it but the government can’t make a purchase because we don’t want GM,” Lopez Obrador said, citing the lack of scientific investigation into its effects. “We are a sovereign and free country,” he added. Peruvian Prime Minister challenges Congress in new clash between state powers

LIMA — Peru’s prime minister on Tuesday night challenged the legislature to a vote of confidence, again heightening tensions between state powers in the Andean nation, which has been plagued by political wrangling for years. Peru’s leftist government, led by embattled President Pedro Castillo, has been at odds with the opposition-led Congress since the two powers took office last July amid a polarized political backdrop.

“Since the start of this presidential term, we have found ourselves in a deep political crisis which is nothing but the result of the fragility of our parties and our representative systems,” Prime Minister Anibal Torres said in a statement. a letter calling for a vote of confidence. The United States criticizes the measures taken against Guatemalan judges and prosecutors

WASHINGTON/GUATEMALA CITY – A senior U.S. government official on Tuesday night criticized what he described as troubling moves against Guatemalan judges and prosecutors overseeing corruption and human rights cases, criticisms the government Guatemalan dismissed as misinformed. The rebuke from US State Department spokesman Ned Price comes as the government of conservative Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei has jailed anti-corruption judges and prosecutors, while still others have fled the Central American country . (Compiled by Steven Grattan; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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