Weekly Report - 04 May 2023 (WR-23-18)

HONDURAS: Castro loses minister over tax reform

Honduras’s economic development minister, Pedro Barquero, has become the first senior cabinet member to resign since the leftist Libertad y Refundación (Libre) government led by President Xiomara Castro took office in January 2022. A member of Partido Salvador de Honduras (PSH), which forged an electoral alliance with Libre that unravelled last year [WR-22-42], Barquero quit over a tax reform package which Castro has now sent to the 128-member legislature. His outspoken criticism of the proposal has come as a blow to the ruling party, which is likely to face a challenge getting it through the national assembly where it lacks an outright majority.

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