News from Latin America

Colombia 3-4-2021 military attacks former FARC dissidents

The military took action against a base in Calamar, which is located in the southeast of the country. The based housed dissident FARC members who did not support the peace accord of 2016. Military officials say that the attack left 10 rebels dead and another 3 injured. According to defense minister Molana’s tweet the group was commanded by a man known only by his alias as “Gentile  Durante.” It is not clear when the attack took place. No official has said that the group and government were negotiating to diffuse tensions. “These narco-criminals are responsible for the recruitment of minors, attacks against our public forces, kidnapping and illegal mining,” said Molano.

Brazil 3-3-2021 coronavirus deaths reach all time high

By most standards, the country has never attempted to seriously tackle controlling pandemic. The central government has consistently treated the virus as nothing more than a bad cold. State and municipal governments have sought to take on the virus’ challenges. Most health experts believe that the country’s failure to act in unison has led to the virus’ rampant spread of the virus. The Health Ministry announced the Tuesday produced the highest single death total from Covid-19 since the being of the pandemic. Government records indicate that 1.641 people died from virus related complications. This South American country has the second highest death rate in the world. Only the United States has reported more deaths from Covid-19. Brazil seems to be caught in a second surge of the virus.  

El Salvador 3-1-2021 big win in parliamentary elections

Elections were recently held in the country. For decades, the political landscape has been controlled by the left or right. This year, parliamentary elections indicate that political control in the country has shifted dramatically. The governing party (Nueva Ideas) is set to control parliament, thus cementing its political control. The party was formed only in 2018. It is the first time that a different party has ascended to complete control. Records indicate that 51% of the registered voters participated in the elections. President Nayib Bukele will be free to choose new judges for the Supreme Court and a new attorney-general without having to negotiate with rival lawmakers. He won office promising to tackle gang violence and political corruption. During the pandemic, his approval rating has remined high.