Ecuador President Rafael Correa Defends Vice President Against Money Laundering Accusations

By: Ysol Delgado - Nov 9, 2016, 10:00 am
A journal points out Glas in the alleged investigation. Now it turns up that its Jorge who has to prove he's innocent (...) Stop this, how much bullshit, he added (El Universo)
Correa challenged the media to come up with stronger evidence in one week. (El Universo)

EspañolPresident of Ecuador Rafael Correa recently came out against a Panama newspaper’s report about his Vice President’s connections to money laundering.

La Estrella in Panama reported that Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas was connected to money laundering, which Correa called, “crap, garbage and gossip.”

Correa went on the program Enlace Ciudadano 499 and said the report was a “tabloid that attacks everyone,” adding that it wasn’t serious press and “does not use serious sources.”

According to La República, Correa challenged the media to back up the information.

“I present a challenge: by next week, prove that Alexis Mera was in Panama, prove that there is a secret record of it held by Panama’s government,” he said. “Once again, they will be proven liars.”

The Ecuadorean President reportedly gave the media a week to prove that Secretary Alexis Mera was in Panama to prevent documents from being disseminated against Vice President Glas.

Last Thursday, Attorney General Galo Chiriboga said Panama’s “Criminal Assistance” does not mention Jorge Glas in the corruption report from Petroecuador.

On October 6, the Prosecutor’s Office announced that they are investigating new transfers in Panama from several of former Minister of Oil Carlos Pareja Yanuzzellu’s offshore accounts. He also received millions of dollars from Alex Bravo, Petroecuador’s former manager.

Currently, Jorge Glas is up for re-election with Lenin Moreno. On the other hand, Secretary Alexis Mera reported that both Yanuzzelly and Bravo received bribes from the companies contracted by Petroecuador to refurbish the Esmeraldas Refinery.

Source: La República

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Ysol Delgado is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post from Mexico City. She specializes in public relations, digital marketing, and investigative journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @Ysolita.

Margarita Zavala Leads Polls for Mexican Presidency

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Nov 9, 2016, 9:30 am
Polls revealed that if the candidates for the presidency of Mexico were Margarita Zavala and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, she would obtain 53% vs 37% of the Morena leader. (UN Geneva)

EspañolMexico's leading candidate for President is Margarita Zavala. A poll conducted recently by Buedía & Laredo in conjunction with the newspaper El Universal show former President Felipe Calderón's wife at the top with 42 percent — an increase of nine points from the previous poll. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Following Zavala was PRI candidate Miguel Angel Osorio Chong and Governor of Mexico City Miguel Angel Mancera. They look to be the main political candidates running against Zavala in 2018. As for independent candidates, Jorge Castañeda was reportedly a preference over Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, Governor of the state of Nueva León. The survey was titled "Electoral Overview 2018 Scenarios." The 1,500 citizens who were interviewed between October 28 and November 1 were asked to say the first name they had in mind when they thought of candidates for 2018. As for internal contests within political parties, Margarita Zavala was followed by PAN National President Ricardo Anaya with 21 percent of mentions —a three-point increase from the zero he had last time. According to the results, if today were the presidential election, Margarita Zavala would be victorious with 30 percent followed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador with 25 percent. In third place would be Miguel Angel Mancera with 5 percent and Jaime Rodríguez Calderón obtaining 5 percent. Source: El Universal

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