Uruguayan president Jorge Batlle interrupted a conference in the Uruguayan-British Chamber of Commerce when the speaker began praising the virtues of the Chilean model of open economy with minimum tariffs, recalling that they are one of the more protectionists in the universe when it comes to agriculture.
Peronist governors of Argentina's three leading provinces apparently are in agreement that the next general election should be held on March 2003, six months before the official date line, according to reports in the Buenos Aires press.
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Pedro Carmona the Venezuelan businessman who briefly replaced President Hugo Chaves during a failed coup last month was granted political asylum by the Colombian government.
With patience seemingly running out in spite of his official preaching of hope and tenacity, Argentine president Eduardo Duhalde faces another crucial week.
A resounding victory in hand, President-elect Alvaro Uribe promised that Colombians from all walks of life will benefit from his crusade to bring law and order to the most insecure and violent nation in Latin America.
An overwhelming majority of Argentines, 82%, demand that in the next elections scheduled for October 2003, all elected posts, from President to local Councillors, be renewed. Another significant 70% believe the current Argentine crisis is political, according to the latest Gallup poll.
Seventy five world personalities figure in an open request to the Argentine government published in the New York Times, asking for an immediate consideration of Mr. Domingo Cavallo's legal situation and ensure that he is treated in a fair and impartial way.
US consular offices in Argentina are overwhelmed with requests for visas. Last year 20,000 were granted but this year at the current rate of 800/1000 per day, it is estimated that 220,000 visas will be the final number.
Argentine Economy Minister Roberto Lavagna currently in Washington said he's confident on reaching an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, IMF, based on a new program, by the end of June.