Political Risk Latin America Blog @PolRiskLatam

Weekly Roundup from Across the Americas

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on March 31, 2011

by Americas Society / Council of the Americas, March 30th, 2011.

Presidential Election Results Delayed in Haiti

Haiti’s electoral agency announced that preliminary results from a March 20 runoff election—originally scheduled to be released March 31—won’t be available until April 5, with final results planned for April 16. The council attributes the delay to signs of fraud in vote counts. The results will reveal whether ex-First Lady Mirlande Manigat or former pop singer Michel Martelly will serve as the country’s next president.

IDB To Help Cool LatAm Economies

The Inter-American Development Bank said it will help Latin American economies“de-dollarize” during its four-day annual meeting, which took place in Calgary this year. The Washington-based bank said it will offer more loans in local currencies and the option to exchange open loans from dollars in order to combat the soaring value of many of the region’s currencies and economic overheating. The International Monetary Fund’s regional director Nicolas Eyzaguirre said the region should terminate stimulus programs to stop overheating, but Brazil’s Deputy Central Bank Governor Luiz Pereira da Silva defended his country’s plan to limit inflows of speculative capital from overseas.

Bachelet on UN Gender Empowerment Initiative

In an interview with The New York Times, former Chilean President and current head of UN Woman Michelle Bachelet discusses her strategy to empower women worldwide. She emphasizes bringing women into positions of power and recruiting men to support the struggle for gender equality. (continue reading… )

 

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