Find out about the most important political news of the week in Latin America and the world.
LatinAmerican Post | Santiago Gómez Hernández
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Tension grows between Venezuela and the European Union
Caracas and Brussels maintain tense relations after President Nicolás Maduro expelled the European ambassador, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa. The Bolivarian government takes this measure days after the 27-country bloc issued sanctions against 19 members of the Maduro administration.
Nosotros queremos tener las mejores relaciones con toda Europa, pero no aceptamos que nadie agreda a Venezuela. Reitero que la Unión Europea es bienvenida a nuestro país pero debe respetar las instituciones democráticas y legítimamente establecidas. ¡Nuestra Patria se Respeta! pic.twitter.com/bqA2mVKtmZ— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) February 25, 2021
Mexico and Argentina strengthen political relations
The progressive governments of Manuel López Obrador and Alberto Fernández strengthen their relations with the signing of an "Alliance against inequality" in Latin America during the visit that the Argentine president made to Mexico. The presidents of these two regional powers stand as the 2 most representative leaders of the Latin American left and the strongest rapprochement that these two nations have ever had takes place.
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En atención a la invitación del presidente @lopezobrador_, el presidente de , @alferdez, realiza una visita de 3 días a para participar en la conmemoración del Bicentenario de la Promulgación del Plan de Iguala y del Día de la Bandera el próximo 24 de febrero, en Guerrero. pic.twitter.com/EGvuMoJHkm— Relaciones Exteriores (@SRE_mx) February 22, 2021
The wife of "El Chapo" Guzmán falls
Emma Coronel, the wife of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, was arrested at Dulles International Airport, Virginia, United States, on drug trafficking charges. According to the US justice system, Colonel Aispuro opened a conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine. According to BBC Mundo, the attorney for the accusations will plead not guilty.
Apparently, she is accused of processing messages on behalf of her husband to continue his drug trafficking business, while he remained in prison. In addition, in Mexico, he is accused of complicity and collaboration in the escape of Chapo Guzmán from prison.
El Salvador prepares for legislative and municipal elections
This Sunday, February 28, Salvadorans will go out to vote for their local leaders and for 84 deputies to the Legislative Assembly. These elections will serve for President Nayib Bukele to measure his strength and control the parliament, after several clashes between powers that have generated international criticism by brushing with a coup d'état.
If they win the elections overwhelmingly (as the polls predict), Bukele and his party could promote with full support the measures that were criticized so much by the opposition in the current Congress , such as the increase in funding for the Public Force to confront the high crime by the Maras.
Odebrecht case in Colombia splashes once again on former President Santos
The largest case of corruption in all of Latin America continues to collect heads. A former Colombian senator, Bernardo Elías, a member of the U party (faithful to the former president and Nobel Peace Prize, Juan Manuel Santos), assured that Santos held alleged meetings with directors of the Brazilian company and of approaches that the multinational would have even had with officials that came from the Uribe government. This corruption scandal has already claimed the freedom of several presidents in Peru and Brazil.
A los que les gustan las matemáticas me podría decir ¿cuántos miles de millones pasaron por las manos del Ñoño Elías para entregárselo al gerente de campaña de #SantosSeRobóLaReelección ?— Ani Abello (@ANIABELLO_R) February 24, 2021
Los leo. pic.twitter.com/DZsk4Rqa0G