August 4, 2022

LATAM POLITICS TODAY – Top US envoy too comfortable with Mexican leader, officials warn

The latest in Latin American politics today: The top US envoy is too comfortable with the Mexican leader, officials warn

The US ambassador to Mexico has a “disturbing habit” of contradicting President Joe Biden’s policies “in the interest of aligning himself with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador”, The New York Times reported citing US officials. Lopez Obrador praised the ambassador, Ken Salazar, during his morning press briefing, and argued that the conservative opposition instead wanted a “hawk” to represent the United States.

Lula meets with Brazilian billionaires to calm fears of a left turn Brazilian presidential candidate and frontrunner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has had lunch with some of Brazil’s wealthiest people, hoping to allay concerns about his political project leftist and present himself as a moderate, Bloomberg reported.

Guests included Carlos Alberto Sicupira from 3G Capital, Joao Moreira Salles from Itau Unibanco Holding SA, Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi from Banco Bradesco SA, Luiza Trajano from Magazine Luiza SA, as well as Dan Iochpe, Jacyr Costa, Fabio Coelho, Josue Gomes and Rafael Cervone, Bloomberg reported. , citing sources. Ecuadorian President Lasso accepts the resignation of three ministers

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso has accepted the resignations of three government ministers, including Economy and Finance Minister Simon Cueva and Health Minister Ximena Garzon, the government said in a statement. The third official to resign is Transport Minister Marcelo Cabrera.

Lasso thanked the former ministers for their “loyal and valuable service”, the government said, adding that replacements will be appointed at 5 p.m. local time (2200 GMT). The resignations come after more than two weeks of protests that rocked Ecuador, killing at least eight people and severely affecting the country’s oil industry, its main source of income.

Mexican President Introduces Bill To Eliminate Daylight Saving Time Mexico’s president said he had sent a bill to Congress to eliminate daylight saving time, with the government saying the time change was unpopular and did not generate much benefit for the country.

Lopez Obrador has long spoken out against daylight saving time, which was adopted nationwide in 1996 to closely follow the time change in the United States. The proposal includes an exception for cities along the northern border with the United States, Energy Minister Rocio Nahle said during the president’s regular press conference.

Argentine Paris Club talks suspended after Guzman resigns.

Guzman’s successor, Silvina Batakis, and his new team at the Economy Ministry are expected to agree on a new meeting date with the group, said a person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. Argentina notified the Paris Club on Monday of the appointment of Batakis to his new role. (Compiled by Steven Grattan and Isabel Woodford; Editing by Alexandra Hudson and Christopher Cushing)

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