Bouterse in pole position as Suriname goes to polls

On 25 May some 350,000 Surinamese of voting age will be able to cast their ballots in general elections to elect deputies to the 51-seat national assembly, who will then choose the country’s next president by a two-thirds majority.

Guatemala in turmoil: first Baldetti, next Pérez Molina?

Guatemala’s President Otto Pérez Molina was forced to deny rumours this week that he was intending to resign. Insistent that he would remain in office to serve out the rest of his four-year term, which ends in January 2016, Pérez Molina made the remarks after yet another historic turnout of anti-government protesters – the latest following the corruption ring, La Línea, uncovered last month at the national tax authority (SAT) allegedly headed up by Juan Carlos Monzón, the former private secretary to former vice-president Roxana Baldetti. This has already forced out Baldetti [WR-15-19] and seen Alejandro Sinibaldi quit as the ruling Partido Patriota (PP)’s presidential candidate ahead of general elections on 6 September. With another cabinet minister forced to step aside last week over alleged corruption, and a further three facing possible legal action, President Pérez Molina is facing the biggest political crisis of his mandate.

Saving the Petrossauro

At last, after months of delay, Petrobras has published its accounts. The state-owned Brazilian oil company, sometimes described as a Petrossauro, a prehistoric and cumbersome giant from the past, has taken a series of punishing blows to its balance sheet because of the impact of a corruption scandal and the fall in international oil prices. Revealing the depth of the damage may be a first step to beginning a recovery.

After the deadliest Farc attack both sides agree to go on talking

For those who are sceptical about or oppose the peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas, now about to enter its 36th round, a guerrilla attack which in mid-April claimed the lives of 11 soldiers was proof that President Juan Manuel Santos had been too naive or trusting, and that the unilateral, indefinite ceasefire declared by the Farc in December had been a sham. As the noise recedes, the facts outline a more complex picture.

Guyana rejects Ramotar and ‘cohabitation’

Guyana’s outgoing president, Donald Ramotar of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), spent much of the PPP/C’s fifth consecutive term in power complaining about the split decision in the 2011 general election that awarded the presidency to the PPP/C but a one-seat parliamentary majority to the combined opposition of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (APC). On 11 May, the electorate rectified that earlier bout of indecision, but not in the way Ramotar wanted: APNU/AFC, fighting the election this time as a formal alliance, maintained its one-seat advantage in parliament but also secured the presidency for APNU leader David Granger.

Member Area

forgotten your password?    
Request IP Recognition