Category: Colombia

Colombia’s anti-corruption referendum fails to pass quorum despite 99% support

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: An anti-corruption referendum held yesterday barely failed to meet the minimum number of votes required, although each of the seven proposals had more than 99% […] Read More >

Venezuelan migrants attacked in Brazil and stopped from reaching Ecuador

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   VENEZUELA-BRAZIL-ECUADOR-PERU: The residents of a Brazilian border town with Venezuela, in the northern state of Roraima, attacked squatter camps of Venezuelan migrants over the weekend. […] Read More >

Colombian intelligence agency ex-deputy chief is convicted of 1999 murder of popular comedian Jaime Garzón

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: The former deputy chief of the state intelligence agency was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday for the murder in 1999 of popular comedian, […] Read More >

New Colombian President Iván Duque takes office amid polarization

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   COLOMBIA: Newly-elected President Iván Duque took office yesterday with a ceremony at Bogotá’s central Plaza de Bolívar. Duque, who defines himself as a centrist liberal, […] Read More >

Former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe quits Senate amid criminal investigation

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   COLOMBIA: Former president and two times senator Álvaro Uribe presented his resignation yesterday, only four days after being sworn in for his second tenure, after […] Read More >

Colombian former rebel rejects Congress seat to protest unfulfilled peace process

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   COLOMBIA: Iván Márquez, the former chief negotiator of the FARC, confirmed yesterday that he renounces one of the 10 Congress seats that the former rebels […] Read More >

Colombia signs law to allow collective demobilization of criminal gangs

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: President Juan Manuel Santos signed a law on Monday paving the way for the surrender of criminal gangs that allows for a reduction of sentences […] Read More >

Seven people murdered in south-western Colombia, responsibilities are yet unclear

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: The bodies of seven people with signs of torture were found near the village of Argelia, in the south-western region of Cauca early Monday morning. Local […] Read More >

Colombian Senate approves transitional justice law, but with changes

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: The Senate approved yesterday the bill that creates an operating manual for the special peace justice, the lynchpin of the peace process with the FARC, […] Read More >

Iván Duque, conservative heir to former president, wins Colombian presidential elections

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: Yesterday, Colombians went to the polls and elected young conservative Iván Duque in a runoff vote against former leftwing mayor of Bogotá Gustavo Petro, the […] Read More >