LATAM POLITICS TODAY-Colombia's Petro meets long-time conservative rival
The latest in Latin American politics today: Long-time rivals sit down together in Colombia BOGOTA - Colombian leftist President-elect Gustavo Petro met with long-time rival and the country's right-wing ex-President Alvaro Uribe on Wednesday, in a dramatic show of political opposites holding apparently cordial talks.
The latest in Latin American politics today: Long-time rivals sit down together in Colombia
BOGOTA - Colombian leftist President-elect Gustavo Petro met with long-time rival and the country's right-wing ex-President Alvaro Uribe on Wednesday, in a dramatic show of political opposites holding apparently cordial talks. Uribe, who still holds sway over the country's conservatives, pledged to support Petro's initiatives to tackle poverty where they do not negatively affect Colombia's productive sectors. The meeting marked a rare face-to-face encounter between the two men who have for years sparred over economic and security policies.
Peru's president removed from far-left party LIMA - Peruvian President Pedro Castillo, whose approval ratings have fallen to single digits amid corruption investigations, left the political party with which he made his surprising run for office last year.
The communist party Peru Libre asked Castillo to leave and blamed him for "breaking party unity" and advancing a "neoliberal" agenda. The party won 37 seats in Congress in the last elections, but the caucus dwindled to just 16 members after resignations. Peru Libre's leader, Vladimir Cerron, criticized Castillo repeatedly since the president moved to the center after taking office last July.
QUITO - Ecuadoran President Guillermo Lasso survived an attempt by opposition lawmakers to oust him late on Tuesday after more than two weeks of protests caused food and medicine shortages and slashed oil output. Eighty of Ecuador's 137 lawmakers voted to remove Lasso, shy of the 92 votes needed for the measure to succeed.
The vote was thrown into chaos as some lawmakers complained of technical problems and it had to be repeated three times. Chile's Boric gets reality check as support wanes
SANTIAGO - The optimism engulfing Chilean leftist President Gabriel Boric as he took power in March has dimmed as inflation, social unrest and political missteps dent his popularity and fuel doubts about a push to steer the economy away from market-friendly policies. The former student protest leader handily won a presidential election in December, rattling business, particularly the mining sector, with his proposals to change tax laws to fund social spending and toughen environmental regulation. Chile is the world's top copper miner and No. 2 producer of lithium.
An opinion poll on Monday showed Boric's support plunging to 34%, the lowest level of his presidency, closely mirroring waning support for the country's planned new constitution. (Compiled by Steven Grattan and Brendan O'Boyle; Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta in Bogota; Editing by Deepa Babington, David Alire Garcia and Sandra Maler)
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