LATAM POLITICS TODAY-U.S. adds Nicaraguan National Police to export control list
Mexican opposition party boss doesn't rule out run by Colosio MEXICO CITY - The lineup for Mexico's presidential election next year is still open, but the head of one of the country's smaller opposition parties offered fresh clues to who could be its choice to take on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's favored MORENA party.
The latest in Latin American politics today: U.S. adds Nicaraguan National Police to export control list
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department added the Nicaraguan National Police to a government export control list after the Biden administration said the police force was engaged in serious human rights abuses in Nicaragua. Last week, the State Department cited credible reports of arbitrary killings, arrests and torture in Nicaragua, as well as harsh and life-threatening conditions in the country's prisons, in an annual human rights report.
President Daniel Ortega's administration has been increasingly isolated internationally since his government began cracking down on dissent following street protests that erupted in 2018. Ortega has called the protests an attempted coup against his government. Top executive at Mexico's electoral body resigns
MEXICO CITY - The executive secretary of Mexico's national electoral institute (INE) announced his resignation weeks after the country's Congress approved a controversial electoral reform pushed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Edmundo Jacobo said during a news conference that his resignation was not a "victory" from those who proposed the electoral reform, adding that he suffered many attacks from the presidential palace.
In February, Mexico's Senate gave its final approval to the electoral reform known locally as "Plan B," which critics say will undermine democracy because it significantly downsizes the INE while giving more power to local officials, many of whom are members of Lopez Obrador's MORENA party. Mexican opposition party boss doesn't rule out run by Colosio
MEXICO CITY - The lineup for Mexico's presidential election next year is still open, but the head of one of the country's smaller opposition parties offered fresh clues to who could be its choice to take on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's favored MORENA party. The national leader of Mexico's Citizen Movement party, Dante Delgado, told Reforma newspaper that Nuevo Leon Governor Samuel Garcia will not run, but that Luis Donaldo Colosio might.
Delgado added that Colosio, mayor of Mexico's third-biggest city, Monterrey, should not be "pressured" into announcing a bid. Polls show Mexico's fragmented political opposition struggling to coalesce around a candidate who could best the leading MORENA hopefuls, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum and Marcelo Ebrard, currently the country's foreign minister.
Pundits tout Colosio, 37, as a fresh face and also point to a sympathy factor: He is the son of 1994's leading presidential candidate of the same name who was gunned down just ahead of that year's election. In Paraguay, calls for change test dominant Colorado Party
ASUNCION - Paraguay's ruling Colorado Party - a conservative political machine that has dominated government in Asuncion for some eight decades - could be facing a major challenge at the ballot box next month. Voters say they want change and are fed up with internal party squabbles and allegations of graft - opening the door for a broad opposition alliance to win power.
The single-round election on April 30 will choose the president, legislators and regional governors. Opinion polls suggest the presidential contest will be a close battle between Colorado party economist Santiago Pena and lawyer Efrain Alegre from the opposition Concertacion Nacional, sitting well ahead of a large but fragmented field of opponents.
Blinken holds meeting with Paraguay's foreign minister WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met on Monday with Paraguayan Foreign Minister Julio Arriola to discuss collaboration in fighting corruption and other regional security challenges, according to the U.S. Department of State.
Both diplomats spoke about bilateral trade opportunities while Blinken highlighted progress made on the regulatory recertification of Paraguayan beef for export to the U.S. Blinken also expressed appreciation for Paraguay's "principled commitment" to Taiwan, and for voting on what he described as difficult issues, including those touching on Russia, China, Nicaragua and Venezuela. (Compiled by Steven Grattan, Sarah Morland and Carolina Pulice; Editing by David Alire Garcia, Tomasz Janowski and Leslie Adler)
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