LATAM POLITICS TODAY-US accuses former Paraguayan president Cartes of corruption
Breaking news in Latin American politics today: US accuses Paraguay Maps of ‘significant corruption’
ASUNCION — The United States on Friday accused former Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes of “significant corruption.” “Former President Cartes has obstructed a major international investigation into transnational crime in order to protect himself and his criminal associate from possible prosecution and political damage,” said a statement from US Secretary of State Antony. Blinken without identifying the partner.
Cartes denied the charges in a post on Twitter. Calling them “unfounded and unfair”, he offered to provide information to US authorities to clear up the matter. President from 2013 to 2018, Cartes recently announced his candidacy for the leadership of the ruling Colorado Party and his faction’s candidate had been tipped to win the December election.
Internationally renowned jurist appointed Colombian Minister of Defense BOGOTA – Colombia’s new leftist President Gustavo Petro has appointed Ivan Velasquez, former Deputy Justice of the Supreme Court of Justice, Minister of Defence.
Velasquez is also known for his former role as commissioner of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), the UN-backed entity responsible for the investigations that brought down the president and vice-president of Guatemala in 2015. Petro, who takes office on August 7. , is a critic of the Colombian military establishment and former member of the M-19 guerrillas. He pledged that security personnel accused of human rights abuses would be tried in ordinary courts rather than military courts which have traditionally handed down lenient sentences.
Bolsonaro reaffirms that Brazil will not sanction Russia SAO PAULO – President Jair Bolsonaro has reaffirmed that Brazil will not join in sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
“We will not adhere to these economic sanctions, we remain neutral. If I hadn’t kept a balanced position, do you think we would have fertilizers in Brazil?” the president told reporters during a visit to a gas station in the capital Brasilia. Bolsonaro said he told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a call they had on Monday that he would not comply with his demand to take a tougher stance against Russia.
Mexican official optimistic about USMCA MEXICO trade dispute – Mexico’s Deputy Economy Minister Luz Maria de la Mora told Reuters she hoped for a “mutually satisfactory solution” to talks requested by states States and Canada over what they claim are Mexican energy-related violations of a regional trade pact.
The U.S. and Canadian demands come after years of concern among private businesses in those countries that Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s drive to tighten the state’s grip on the oil and power sectors treated unfairly and violated the United States-Mexico-Canada. Agreement (USMCA). “We want to take advantage of this phase of consultation (…) to see how we can reach a mutually satisfactory solution through an open, frank and constructive dialogue, which will allow us to overcome these differences,” De la Mora told Reuters in an interview. .
Biden’s meeting with Alberto Fernandez will have to wait US President Joe Biden’s meeting with his Argentinian counterpart Alberto Fernandez, scheduled for Tuesday in Washington, has been postponed following Biden’s diagnosis of COVID-19, local media reported.
No date was given for the meeting, which had been scheduled after the two presidents spoke by phone in early June ahead of the Summit of the Americas. (Compiled by Brendan O’Boyle and Peter Siquiera; edited by Grant McCool)
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