Protests against alleged electoral fraud by Evo Morales

Former president and opposition candidate Carlos Mesa accused Evo Morales of fraud in a Bolivian election full of serious irregularities.

After 24 hours without reporting on 15 percent of the votes, electoral authorities announced that if the preliminary results were confirmed, Morales would win in the first round.

The unexpected news that gave him the necessary 10-percentage advantage, accompanied by suspicions of fraud, set off  protests throughout Bolivia.

The United States accused Bolivia's electoral tribunal of trying to "subvert democracy," and called for a peaceful resolution of the situation.

It should be noted that Morales was running for his fourth consecutive term, despite it being declared unconstitutional.

Alleged presence of insurgent cells in Ecuador 

Authorities investigate the presence of insurgent cells during the latest protests in Ecuador's capital.

Minister of Defense Oswaldo Jarrín, denounced guerilla warfare tactics by organized groups in the riots.

These individuals vandalized and attacked not only police and the military but also civilians and private property in Quito, Ecuador’s capital.

Interior Minister María Paula Romo said those who call for protests must also be held accountable.

For nearly two weeks Ecuador has experienced violent protests against the rising price of gasoline that has paralyzed much of the country.

President Lenín Moreno canceled the increase and opened a dialogue with the demonstrators.

Guatemala seeks to strengthen ties with Taiwan

 

Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei confirmed that Guatemala will continue to be a Taiwan ally and not of the Chinese communist regime.

During his meeting in Taipei with President Tsai Ing-wen, he expressed his desire to increase cooperation on agriculture, security, and health issues.

The Taiwanese leader, highlighted opportunities for cooperation in the creation of intelligent cities and agriculture.

At the end of the meeting, Giammattei invited Tsai to his investiture, which will take place on Jan. 14.

The Guatemalan president-elect's statements come after Taiwan lost some of its international allies under pressure from the Chinese communist regime.

Mexico and US join together against arms trafficking

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico and the United States are working to reduce arms smuggling.

Ebrard made a statement on Monday, after Presidents Donald Trump and Andrés Manuel López Obrador had a telephone conversation.

Both leaders agreed to take immediate technological measures to try and stop violent acts such as those recorded in the northern city of Culiacan last Thursday.

Ebrard said a meeting was immediately convened between Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo and the U.S. ambassador to freeze illicit arms trafficking to Mexico.

The meeting lasted about 90 minutes and took place behind closed doors in Mexico City.