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LatinNews Daily - 29 March 2023

On 28 March Peru’s attorney general’s office announced that it has expanded its investigations into President Dina Boluarte and her predecessor, Pedro Castillo (2021-2022), to include illegal political donations, money laundering, and criminal organisation.

LatinNews Daily - 23 March 2023

On 22 March, Brazil’s justice minister Flávio Dino announced that federal police had dismantled a planned attack from a criminal organisation to assassinate or kidnap public officials and authorities, including the federal senator Sergio Moro, the former anti-corruption judge who was appointed justice minister during the right-wing presidency of Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2023).

LatinNews Daily - 22 March 2023

On 22 March Rafael Curruchiche, the head of Guatemala’s attorney general (AG)’s special anti-impunity unit (Feci), announced that he had requested the lifting of immunity from prosecution of Edmond Mulet, a presidential candidate who is competing in the 25 June general elections for the centre-right Cabal party.

LatinNews Daily - 16 March 2023

On 15 March Bolivia’s Finance Minister Marcelo Montenegro said that the central bank had used its special drawing rights (SDR) arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), amid continued concerns over Bolivia’s dwindling reserves of hard currency.

LatinNews Daily - 15 March 2023

On 14 March the Brazilian government sent public security reinforcements to the state of Rio Grande do Norte, where at least 19 cities experienced coordinated violent attacks on public transport, municipal offices, two military police bases, shops, and privately-owned motor vehicles, which were set on fire.

LatinNews Daily - 13 March 2023

On 10 March the second round of dialogue between the Colombian government and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group concluded in Mexico with the announcement that the ELN has been granted political status as an “armed rebel organisation”.

LatinNews Daily - 10 March 2023

On 9 March, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) cited official figures showing that in the first eight weeks of 2023 around 49,000 people crossed the Darién Gap – a dense jungle in Panama bordering Colombia – which IFRC said was “five times more than in the previous period in 2022”.

LatinNews Daily - 03 March 2023

On 2 March Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro asked the attorney general’s office to open an investigation into his brother and his son amid allegations of financial irregularities during Petro’s 2022 election campaign, including an alleged donation from a convicted drug trafficker.

LatinNews Daily - 02 March 2023

On 1 March, Colombian police announced that the suspected second-in-command of the Clan del Golfo drug trafficking organisation (DTO), Wilmer Antonio Giraldo Quiroz (‘Siopas’), had been found dead in the north-western municipality of Dabeiba, Antioquia department.

LatinNews Daily - 01 March 2023

On 28 February during a visit to Brazil, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said that protecting the Amazon rainforest is essential if the world is to meet its target of limiting global warming to not more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
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