Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is recovering satisfactorily from surgery to remove a cancerous tumour and will be home soon, the head of the country’s military said on Friday.
“You can vote for Cristina (Kirchner) with your pocket, your heart or with your mind” because the Argentine economy has advanced in all fields, said the country’s Economy minister and vice President candidate for next October election, Amado Boudou.
Uruguay has raised its 2011 economic growth forecast to 6% and its inflation to 7.8%, according to a government document published on Friday. The previous estimate was 4.5% and full year inflation of 6%.
Chinese President Hu Jintao has issued a mea culpa for rampant corruption in the ruling Communist Party, warning members about alienating the public as the organisation celebrates its 90th anniversary.
Central bank president Mercedes Marcó del Pont defended on Friday Argentina’s current economic policies, particularly efforts to address the international crisis arguing that “cooling the economy or letting the currency appreciate only aggravates the crisis”.
Bolivian president Evo Morales apologized to the Argentine Jewish community for having received on an official visit the Iranian Defence minister Ahmad Vahido, who is wanted by the Argentine justice system for his alleged involvement in the 1994 anti-Semite attack in Buenos Aires.
Finance Minister Felipe Larraín advanced efforts to integrate the Chilean and London stock exchanges during a recent visit to the United Kingdom. A delegation of government officials and business leaders accompanied the minister on his trip to promote foreign investment in Chile.
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was freed on Friday from house arrest after prosecutors raised serious doubts about his accuser's credibility, including that she lied to the grand jury.