Maduro threatens to take over Parliament in 2020

Nicolás Maduro said in a speech on Thursday, December 26, that he will regain Parliament in 2020.

Juan Guaidó, the interim president, is facing the most delicate moment since he took over the leadership of the Venezuelan National Assembly a year ago.

The Chavismo is carrying out an offensive against Guaidó's authority as the head of Parliament. 

The growing persecution by the Maduro regime throughout this year has intensified with the so-called Operation Scorpion, a maneuver to undermine the last democratic institution in the country taking away support for Guaidó.

The United States already accused the Maduro government last week of seeking to prevent' Guaidó's re-election with bribes of up to $500,000.

New corruption complaint against Lula Da Silva

Further charges against Lula da Silva, in the ongoing Lava Jato investigation.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was criminally charged with corruption in a case involving the construction company Odebrecht.

According to the federal police, the Lula Institute allegedly received "donations" of nearly US$1 million from the Odebrecht construction company between December 2013 and March 2014.

The money was transferred to a "kind of current account of bribes" that the construction company maintained with the Workers' Party government.

Brutal beating of Sandinista mobs denounced

 

Family members of a political prisoner in Nicaragua denounce the persecution by the Ortega regime.

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights condemned the “brutal beatings” of at least four young people by 15 Sandinista paramilitaries.

The four victims were brothers of Belgian and Nicaraguan student Amaya Coppens.

Coppens was arrested on Nov. 14, when she tried to bring water to 11 women who were on a hunger strike in a church in the city of Masaya.

Nicaragua is in the middle of a socio-political crisis that began in May 2018.

Since then, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has recorded the deaths of 328 people, hundreds of detainees, and more than 60,000 exiles.

Chile: the plebiscite for a new constitution is official

Chile formalizes the plebiscite for a new Constitution.

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera called a plebiscite on April 26 to decide whether to change the Constitution.

Piñera said, "I want to call with great joy and enthusiasm all our compatriots to participate in the plebiscite that we will have on April 26, 2020."

In the consultation, Chileans will have to answer two questions: Whether or not they want a new Constitution and what kind of body should draft that new Magna Carta.