Most outsiders see Chile as the lowest risk country in the region when it comes to bribery and corruption, but something uncomfortable is afoot.
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Opinion polls have pointed to radical populist AMLO sweeping to power in 2018, adding risks to businesses, but the political fall-out from the recent earthquakes could scupper his chances.
Anti-corruption prosecutors in Lima have leaked a document that provides a snapshot of the detail that is emerging of the money flows at the heart of the Brazilian company’s international bribery scheme.
The surge in nationalist fervour and amplified doubts over NAFTA is a dream-come-true for Andrés Manuel López Obrador, but the presence of an external enemy can lead a populist to morph into a radical.
Odebrecht’s disclosure of bribery across the region will test each country’s political willingness and institutional autonomy to act on evidence of industrial-scale corruption.
A package of leniency deals poised to be signed by the construction giant’s executives with prosecutors will not only have consequences in Brazil, but also in several other countries in the region.
It’s a pivotal moment for Mexico as a regional governor goes missing amid massive fraud claims just as a drive to implement a package of aggressive anti-corruption reforms gains traction.
The blocking of the referendum process will exacerbate tensions inside the military, where some officers and troops have also favoured a recall.
Fears that the rejection of the FARC accord will tip the country back into civil war are overblown. But it is equally farfetched to think that peace will trigger an economic boom.
Prosecutors say bribes were managed using a software system which catalogued the amounts paid, the codenames of their recipients, how the payments were physically made, and in reference to which project.