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LatinNews Daily - 18 October 2021

On 16 October the president of Venezuela’s national assembly, Jorge Rodríguez, announced that the government had suspended its participation in negotiations with the political opposition in response to the extradition of its alleged bagman, Alex Saab, from Cape Verde to the US.

LatinNews Daily - 15 October 2021

On 14 October the far-left Perú Libre (PL) party, on whose ticket President Pedro Castillo won the June election, said that it would not grant a confidence vote to Castillo’s newly reshuffled and more moderate cabinet.

LatinNews Daily - 14 October 2021

On 13 October Honduras’ main opposition left-wing party, Libertad y Refundación (Libre), and opposition coalition, Unidad Nacional Opositora de Honduras (Unoh), announced an alliance ‘Alianza por el Pueblo’ ahead of the 28 November general elections.

LatinNews Daily - 12 October 2021

On 11 October protests were held across Bolivia against a bill backed by the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) government, which critics argue would enable the persecution of political opponents by expanding the authorities’ powers when investigating money laundering and other crimes.

LatinNews Daily - 11 October 2021

On 10 October Paraguay’s ruling Asociación Nacional Republicana-Partido Colorado (ANR-PC) received the most votes in municipal elections, retaining control of the capital Asunción, but losing to opposition alliances in the country’s second and third largest cities, Ciudad del Este and Encarnación.

LatinNews Daily - 08 October 2021

On 7 October, Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso agreed to appear in front of the national assembly’s tax commission to answer questions relating to his use of offshore tax havens, which was revealed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)’s ‘Pandora Papers’ investigation.

LatinNews Daily - 06 October 2021

On 5 October the leader of Ecuador’s umbrella indigenous association (Conaie), Leonidas Iza, warned that Conaie will consider calling mass protests after negotiations with President Guillermo Lasso failed to resolve key disagreements with the government’s agenda.

LatinNews Daily - 04 October 2021

On 3 October Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera denied any wrongdoing after the publication of the Pandora Papers, a massive international leak of transactions in tax havens, which appeared to show he had profited from, and avoided taxes on, the offshore sale of a major iron and copper mine.

LatinNews Daily - 01 October 2021

On 30 September a group of around 500 indigenous protesters completed a 37-day march to the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz department), where their arrival was used by the political opposition to try and fracture a key support base of the left-wing Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) government.