October 11th, 2021
(Casto Ocando, Editor)
1. New Peru Prime Minister says redrafting Constitution is not a priority, backpedaling on Castillo’s key campaign promise
“This government is not proposing (to change the constitution) and won’t propose that overnight,” PM Mirtha Vasquez said during one of her first interviews with state-owned TV Peru. “Right now, what matters is facing the pandemic…and especially generating economic stability.” The announcement signaled Castillo is moving away from the far left ideas sponsored by his Free Peru party.
2. Minister de Castillo indefinitely suspends DEA-supported operations against illegal coca and drug trafficking in Peru’s coca growing area
The new Minister of the Interior Luis Barranzuela decided to suspend operations to eradicate illegal coca that were supposed to begin this Friday 15th in the VRAEM, raising concern among state agencies involved in the operations.
(Peru21, in Spanish)
3. Analysis: The Shining Path “sympathies” spurred Peru’s government shake-up
Peru’s President Pedro Castillo changed his cabinet amid accusations some ministers sympathized with the Maoist rebel group responsible for killing at least 28,000 people.
4. Campaign collects more than a million signatures against the Constituent Assembly project promoted by President Castillo’s party
The “NO” campaign aims to collect 1.5 million signatures, with the support of citizens, opposition politicians and retired military officers, with slogans like “Terrorism no more” and “Peru is in your hands”.
(Peru21 in Spanish)
5. Peru’s Fincen freezes more than $340,000 in bank accounts from Vladimir Cerron’s mother in money laundering investigation
Cerron is the leader of Free Peru, President Castillo’s party. Bertha Rojas, Cerron’s mother, is also a Free Peru activist and is accused by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), the equivalent of US Treasury’s Fincen, of money laundering. Her son is also a target in several money laundering investigations.
(El Comercio, in Spanish)
6. President Castillo praises Peru Navy’s fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and illegal mining and fishing
“The members of the Navy —who gave their lives in service to the country— have contributed to the national peace process in the fight against terrorism and maintain a frontal fight against drug trafficking, as well as illegal mining and fishing. Therefore, I express my eternal appreciation (to them),” the top official remarked.
7. Glencore won’t proceed with $590 million project to extract copper and gold in the Coroccohuayco mine due to protests
Swiss based firm Glencore said it does not plan to execute the investment project this year or next due to protests and blocking of the road used to transport its copper, by nearby residents
8. Dismissal of Cristina Kirchner for Iran’s cover-up is appealed, Argentine’s Supreme Court possibly to intervene.
(Clarin in Spanish)
9. Opposition prioritizes five senatorial seats to strip Vice-President Cristina Kirchner of her majority in the Senate ahead of the November midterm elections.
Opposition parties identify a common denominator among the Argentine electorate: everyone is ‘fed up” with the Fernandez-Kirchner administration. In particular because of the lack of jobs, the lack of classes in schools, the educational emergency and a “deep sense of anguish.”
10. Correismo faces sharp internal divisions for 2025 elections
Former vice-presidential candidate for Correismo Carlos Rabascall plans to launch his presidential candidacy for 2025, but his intentions were rejected by other influencial followers of Rafael Correa currently a fugitive living in Belgium. Rabascal publicly acknowledged that Correismo suffers from internal “cracks”.
(El Comercio in Spanish)
11. Local gang’s links with Mexican cartels bring new level of horror to Ecuadorian prisons
Wing 11 of Ecuador’s largest jail was the scenario of a brutal battle in which inmates were hacked to pieces with machetes, stabbed, shot or even blown up with grenades. 119 died. The horrific event showed a violence that has been a trademark for Mexican drugs cartels, now operating openly in Ecuador.
12. Ecuador’s legislature to investigate president over Pandora Papers
Ecuador’s legislature on Sunday voted to open an investigation into whether President Guillermo Lasso broke the law by keeping assets in tax havens, after the Pandora Papers leaks. Lasso says he didn’t violate any laws and the information leaked was old and taken out of context.
13. The civic strike begins with some blocking points and a large police deployment
The first blocking points were registered in Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and La Paz. The citizen protest organized by civic groups is to demand that the Government stop a package of laws, as they consider will affect civil liberties in Bolivia.
(El Deber in Spanish)
(La Razon, in Spanish)