The latest in Latin American politics today: Bolsonaro risks blowback from joint military parade and campaign rally BRASILIA – Efforts by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to turn an Independence Day military parade into a political event for his re-election has become a test of the armed forces’ loyalty, retired generals and analysts said.
Bolsonaro is calling on supporters to attend a rally on Sept. 7 – less than a month before the presidential election – along Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach. He also ordered the military to parade there instead of their usual downtown route. Former Puerto Rico Governor Vazquez arrested on bribery charges
SAN JUAN – U.S. authorities on Thursday announced criminal charges against former Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez, who was in office from 2019 to 2021, for alleged corruption during her 2020 election campaign. The former governor is charged with conspiracy, federal programs bribery and honest services wire fraud, the Department of Justice said in a statement.
Peru President to testify again in corruption case LIMA – Peruvian president Pedro Castillo has made a surprise return to the prosecutor’s office to testify in the corruption investigation against him, despite his lawyers saying the day before he would not be appearing.
It comes the day after his prime minister, a close ally, announced his resignation from Castillo’s government. (Compiled by Isabel Woodford; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
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