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Thousands rally in defence of Argentina’s Fernandez de Kirchner | Politics News
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Thousands rally in defence of Argentina’s Fernandez de Kirchner | Politics News

Thousands take to the streets in Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s defence as prosecutors seek a 12-year prison sentence in a corruption case.Police in Argentina have clashed with supporters of Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in the country’s capital, Buenos Aires. The clashes on Saturday took place as thousands took to the streets in her defence two days after prosecutors sought a 12-year prison sentence against her as well as a ban on public office for alleged corruption during her government. Prosecutors say Fernandez de Kirchner led an illicit scheme that siphoned off state funds through the awarding of public works contracts to a family friend between 2007 and 2015 while she was president of the country. Fernandez de Kirchner denies the charges and claims s...
Ecuador’s Guillermo Lasso accepts four cabinet resignations | Politics News
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Ecuador’s Guillermo Lasso accepts four cabinet resignations | Politics News

The resignations come after the government reached an agreement ending strikes that virtually paralysed the country.Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso has accepted the resignations of four government ministers, including Minister of Economy and Finances Simon Cueva and Health Minister Ximena Garzon, the government said in a statement. Lasso thanked the former ministers for their “loyal and valuable service”, in a statement published on Tuesday, which said replacements would be named later in the day. The resignations come after more than two weeks of protests rocked Ecuador, leading to at least eight deaths and severely affecting the country’s oil industry, its main source of income. Indigenous groups, feminists and students marched as they protested against Ecuador’s President Guillermo ...
Chile’s new constitution finalised after turbulent process | Politics News
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Chile’s new constitution finalised after turbulent process | Politics News

Santiago, Chile – Gaspar Dominguez briskly walked down the steps of Santiago’s majestic former Congress building into the harsh brightness of the winter sun in downtown Santiago. The 33-year-old medic has spent the past year in the building – now a national monument – writing Chile’s new constitution as part of a 154-strong assembly. He hugged and congratulated his colleagues who gathered outside; they had just finished drafting the text that could change the course of the country’s history and set precedents for equal rights worldwide. “On top of social rights, housing rights and education rights, the constitution innovates on matters of equality,” Dominguez told Al Jazeera. He mentions equal participation quotas for women in public institutions and guaranteeing LGBTQ+ inclusion in politi...
Cuban dissident artists go on trial, face years in prison | Politics News
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Cuban dissident artists go on trial, face years in prison | Politics News

Two dissident artists have faced their first day of trial in Cuba after being detained nearly a year ago, in an ongoing judicial process that human rights groups have labelled a “farce” and a “circus”. Police and security forces surrounded the court in Havana on Monday, while a small group of family members was allowed access to the courthouse, an official from Cuba’s International Press Center told the Reuters news agency. The activists, Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara and Maykel Castillo, are prominent members of the Havana-based San Isidro Movement, an artists collective that led several protests before many of the group left Cuba, alleging repression. Otero Alcantara, 34, is accused of defaming the national flag, contempt and public disorder, and faces seven years in jail, according to a M...
As El Salvador’s arrest wave continues, families live in worry | Politics News
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As El Salvador’s arrest wave continues, families live in worry | Politics News

Alexander Eduvay Guzman Molina’s daughters want to know when he will be coming home. They have not seen their father, a 45-year-old teacher, since he was arrested by Salvadoran police on March 27 during the country’s continuing state of exception, which authorities say aims to crack down on gangs and gang-related violence. Guzman Molina has been accused of “illicit association”, but a relative told Al Jazeera the charges are unfounded. Now, the family fears for his safety, as Guzman Molina has missed his physical therapy appointments for a bone fracture in his hand and never made it to a doctor’s appointment after being told he was vulnerable to suffering a stroke. “I’m worried that they aren’t giving him medical attention and that something could happen to him,” his relative, who asked no...