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Ecuador’s Correa Claims Arrest Warrant for His Former Minister Has Nothing to Do with Odebrecht Scandal

By: Karina Martín - Jun 12, 2017, 3:24 pm
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“The arrest warrant against former minister Solis is not about Odebrecht, as the press falsely claims.” (Twitter)

EspañolFormer President of Ecuador Rafael Correa confirmed that there was an arrest warrant issued for his former Minister of Public Works Walter Solis but that it has nothing to do with the Odebrecht case.

“The arrest warrant against former Minister Solís is not about Odebrecht, as the press falsely claims,” the former president wrote on his official Twitter account.

According to Correa, the arrest warrant is for a case that he himself denounced and that has spent four years under public investigation.

“They’re only out to humiliate,” he said. “Do you remember that the same thing happened to Lula?”

Tweet: The arrest warrant issued against former Minister Walter Solis is not about the Odebrecht case, as the press falsely claims. It is for a case that…

The former head of state also complained that “certain executive officials, control authorities and even judges, are following opposition rhetoric, which could care less about the anti-corruption struggle. It is just looking for ‘political trophies.’ If they don’t find any, they’ll have to make them up. ”

Solís is a civil engineer who graduated from the University of Guayaquil and has a master’s degree in environmental management. He was appointed Minister of Transportation and Public Works in former President Rafael Correa’s adminsitration on June 22, 2015. Solís also served as head of the Housing portfolio and the National Water Secretariat (Senagua) for the same administration.

 

The arrest warrant for Solís as well as former Minister Duarte was issued days after he left the country for Peru, where he is reportedly seeking political asylum.

Tweet: Arrest warrant issued for former Minister Walter Solis was issued days after he left the country, as well as former Minister Duarte. #Odebrecht

Sources: La República, El Telégrafo.

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

US Trade Deficit with Mexico Not as Bad as Previously Thought: American Chamber of Commerce

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jun 12, 2017, 2:32 pm
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EspañolThe United States trade deficit with Mexico might be far lower than the statistics recently published and circulated in the media, one organization is claiming. The American Chamber of Commerce said this week that the US trade deficit with Mexico is around 43 percent less than what most officials have claimed. This information was announced by AmCham Senior Vice President John Murphy and sent to the US Department of Commerce as well as to the US Trade Representative as part of a consultation conducted by the United States federal government. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Mexico's trade surplus would, therefore, be reduced from US $65.8 billion to 37.5 billion in 2016, The Economist concluded, while China's surplus remains the most worldwide at $36 trillion. Murphy said any relatively normal plant producing manufactured goods for the US with machines also imported from the United States, with the final product shipped to the US market, adds to the United States' bilateral trade deficit in a way that does not take into account goods made in the US. Read More: Trump to Announce Rollback of Obama-era Policies on Cuban Relations Read More: Mexico Settles Trade Dispute With U.S., Agrees to Reduce Refined Sugar Exports He also said that while it is true US officials have "wisely" said they aren't seeking to increase "import barriers," the issue of trade deficits will undoubtedly lead to them. Almost half of all US imports are raw materials and intermediate goods used by US manufacturers. The director said that without imports "costs would increase for US manufacturers, who would then have difficulties to compete in international markets." Source: El Economista

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