LATAM POLITICS TODAY-Venezuelan opposition balks at backing Guaido come 2023

The latest in Latin American politics today: Venezuela’s opposition likely to withdraw support from Guaido

WASHINGTON – Venezuela’s opposition parties have warned they are likely to withdraw support for the Washington-backed interim government of Juan Guaido in 2023, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters, raising questions about the future of the country’s foreign interests. Guaido has been the public face of the country’s opposition since the United States and many other governments dismissed President Nicolas Maduro’s re-election in 2018 as a sham.

But most opposition figures visiting Washington this week told US officials they would not continue to support him or anyone else as their leader for another year of interim government. Instead, they want to focus on picking a candidate to run against Maduro or whoever represents the government in the next elections, tentatively scheduled for late 2023 or 2024.

UN unanimously passes sanctions on Haiti, targeting gang leaders UNITED NATIONS – The UN Security Council approved sanctions allowing it to impose an asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo on anyone who threatens the peace or stability of Haiti, and names the most powerful gangster in the Caribbean country as his first target.

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The 15-member council voted unanimously to pass the resolution imposing sanctions on gang leader Jimmy Cherizier, a former police officer known locally by his alias “Barbecue.” The resolution was drafted by the United States and Mexico.

Brazilian mayor under investigation amid spate of forced-election cases SAO PAULO – The mayor of a major Brazilian agribusiness hub is under investigation for telling company leaders to direct staffers to help get far-right President Jair Bolsonaro re-elected, according to three with the choice familiar persons case.

Santa Catarina labor prosecutors are investigating Mayor Joao Rodrigues of Chapeco, a hub of Brazil’s meat processing industry. “Gather your staff and instruct them. Brazil cannot become Venezuela. It won’t be if Bolsonaro remains president,” Rodrigues said in a 55-second video seen by Reuters, addressing the local business community before revealing his name and title.

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Rodrigues told Reuters he took the video in Chapeco this week at a hotel where he met about 70 entrepreneurs, but he denied breaking any laws. He said to violate the election law someone would have to be threatened or compensated for them to take action. Mexican President urges US to reconcile with Venezuela

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called on the United States and Venezuela to restore ties and urged Washington to allow more Venezuelans to enter the United States as migration hits record levels. The United States last week announced a plan to allow up to 24,000 Venezuelans into the country on humanitarian grounds to deter increased border crossings by Venezuelans fleeing economic hardship and political unrest at home.

Under the policy worked out with Mexico, the United States can also turn back Venezuelans who try to cross illegally across the border, a move that has been criticized by the Catholic Church and human rights groups. Peru doesn’t deserve a downgrade, central banker says

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LIMA — Peru’s central bank governor Julio Velarde said he sees no reason why the Andean nation’s credit rating should be downgraded, a day after Fitch Ratings revised the country’s outlook to negative. “A downgrade in the solvency (debt) rating seems unfair,” Velarde told reporters. Peru retains an investment grade rating of BBB from Fitch.

On Thursday, the South American country’s finance ministry called for “urgent action” after Fitch changed the outlook on Peru’s credit rating to negative due to the country’s recurring political turmoil. The major credit rating agency had previously said that deteriorating political stability and government effectiveness had increased downside risks to Peru’s ratings.

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