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.
The US Senate is expected to approve this Thursday the Trade Promotion Authority, TPA, the former fast track that will enable the President Bush administration to involve in trade agreements with other countries and blocks.
The Argentine crisis so far has cost the main Spanish companies with investments in the country an estimated 10,9 billion US dollars according to one of Madrid's main financial newspapers, Expansión.
If the coming elected authorities of Brazil are incompetent, the country runs the risk of turning into a new Argentina, warned Brazilian president Fernando Cardoso who has become directly involved in the campaign trail.
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With less than a week before next Sunday's Colombian presidential election the candidate that has promised an iron fist fight against the guerrilla movement, Alvaro Uribe, leads comfortably with 49,3% of vote intention, more than doubling his runner up, Mr. Horacio Serpa with 23%, according to a poll published in Bogotá's main daily newspaper, El Tiempo.