Thursday, November 13th 2014 - 06:18 UTC

Unasur member Guyana 'suspends' parliament for up to six months

Mr Ramotar executed his decision as MPs returned for their first day of work after a two-month recess.

The president of Guyana has suspended the national parliament to avoid MPs passing a vote of no confidence in his government. Donald Ramotar invoked an obscure constitutional procedure to carry out the maneuver.

Tuesday, November 11th 2014 - 04:16 UTC

Unasur ready to help Venezuela organize a “major social pact” to overcome the current situation

Samper met with Dilma Rousseff and apparently addressed the Venezuelan situation

Venezuela needs a 'major social agreement' to adjust its economy and overcome the current and persistent political conflicts in the country, said Ernesto Samper, chairman of Unasur (Union of South American Nations) during a visit to Brasilia.

Monday, October 27th 2014 - 07:31 UTC

Unasur warns about a period of slower economic activity in the region

The objective of Latin America should be to overcome the slowdown situation by launching “an ambitious re-industrialization process”.

Unasur (Union of South American Nations) chairman Ernesto Samper cautioned that recent oil and gas discoveries outside the region, a weaker demand for commodities from China and Europe and the 'evident strengthening' of the US dollar anticipate a slowdown of the region's economy.

Monday, October 27th 2014 - 06:31 UTC

Uruguayan presidential run-off on 30 November; ruling coalition ruins pollsters forecasts

Vazquez performed better than expected and should have a much smoother run off 30 November

Uruguayan pollsters again seem to have missed their target regarding estimate results of Sunday's legislative and presidential elections: the ruling Broad Front coalition presidential candidate Tabare Vazquez took a strong lead in the exit polls, and although he will be forced to a run-off with runner up Luis Lacalle Pou as anticipated, the percentage numbers indicate he should be able to achieve a comfortable win at the end of November, contrary to what was forecasted.

Saturday, September 20th 2014 - 09:26 UTC

Samper in Argentina updates Unasur agenda with Timerman

The former Colombian president also met with Cristina Fernandez

Unasur Secretary General Ernesto Samper in his first overseas official trip this week visited Argentina, where he met with President Cristina Fernandez and foreign minister Hector Timerman, and also held a round of political talks and other ministerial meetings.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 04:49 UTC

Samper becomes Unasur secretary general and ratifies peace as his main mission

The former Colombian president took over from Venezuela's Ali Rodriguez

Former Colombian president Ernesto Samper was inaugurated on Thursday as Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations, Unasur, by Surinam's Desire Bouterse who holds the rotating presidency of the group.

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 06:24 UTC

Former Colombian president becomes Unasur new secretary general

Samper said he was committed to bolstering democracy, reducing social inequality, support for science and technology and increasing security.

Former Colombian president Ernesto Samper was confirmed as Unasur Secretary General following a consultation of the group's member countries presidents. The announcement had been delayed because a Union of South American Nations summit to be held in Montevideo this month was suspended.

Saturday, July 26th 2014 - 06:56 UTC

Cristina Fernandez will analyze holdouts' case during her stay in Rio Gallegos

The Argentine president left on Friday for Santa Cruz

President Cristina Fernandez left on Friday for Santa Cruz province, where she will stay for the weekend and analyze New York Argentine/holdouts case briefings. The Argentine delegation returned on Friday to Buenos Aires after two meetings with appointed mediator Daniel Pollack in New York, where no resolution was reached.

Thursday, July 17th 2014 - 07:14 UTC

CFK admits having to pay 300% profit on holdouts’ dollars, but never 1.680% as pretended

In an impassionate 26 minute speech the Argentine leader called for support in the battle with holdouts

Argentine President Cristina Fernández rejected on Wednesday the possibility of a new default during the UNASUR-BRICS meeting in Brasilia, highlighting Argentina is going to “keep on paying and honoring its debt,” while asking for support against the “so called vulture funds,” who are “pretending to collapse the Argentine debt restructuring.”

Tuesday, July 15th 2014 - 06:42 UTC

Chinese president Xi arrives in Fortaleza for the BRICS summit

It is the second time Xi attends the BRICS summit and his second time to visit Latin America since he took office last year

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived on Monday to Fortaleza, Brazil for a summit of the BRICS countries. The sixth summit of the BRICS, which consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, will be held in Brazil from Tuesday to Wednesday.

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