domingo, 8 de julio de 2012

Venezuela reported still supplying fuel to Paraguay

In spite of deteriorated diplomatic ties, socialist Venezuela was reportedly not making good an earlier threat by its president to stop sending fuel to Paraguay for the parliamentary ouster of its leftist president Fernando Lugo, El Mundo reported on 3 July. The head of Paraguay's state-sector Petropar, Sergio Escobar was reported as saying on 2 July that the firm had been notified of the end of its supply contract with Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) but "not that they will stop sending us fuel, we want them to send it in writing." He said PDVSA had informed him that the public threat made by President Hugo Chávez was presently "without effect," El Mundo reported, citing Paraguay's official agency IPParaguay.

Thousands demonstrate in Mexico City over polls

Thousands of Mexicans disenchanted with the results of 1 July's presidential elections protested in Mexico City on 7 July, chanting slogans against the declared winner Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Europa Press reported. Estimates of their numbers varied between 70,000 and around 20,000 made by city authorities. In spite of a partial vote recount, the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) and many younger voters remained sceptical about the poll results and have insisted they had proof of fraudulent practices during the elections. "Understand Peña, You're not President" and "Mexico Voted, Peña did not Win" were some of the slogans heard. Peña Nieto's election team issued a communiqué on 6 July celebrating his victory and the "transparency" of the polls, Europa Press reported on 7 July, citing a report by the Mexican daily Milenio. The statement observed that the vote count was the "most transparent and extensive" in Mexico's history and Mexicans had given their "undisputed" backing to the PRI's programme.