Weekly Report - 18 May 2023 (WR-23-20)

BOLIVIA: Environment minister arrested

Bolivia’s environment minister Juan Santos Cruz had been defying political gravity for two months, battling allegations of corruption from the media, government agencies, and rival factions within the ruling left-wing Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS). On 13 May he tendered his resignation, which was followed with a government statement confirming that Santos had been accused of illicit enrichment amounting to over B$20m (US$2.88m). Santos was arrested on 16 May, further weakening President Luis Arce’s claims to be eradicating the corruption which he says was embedded in the administration of his predecessor, the now-imprisoned Jeanine Áñez (2019-2020).

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