Vizcarra rejected the basis for his impeachment, but said he would not pursue legal challenges in an effort to prevent further instability. His mandate ends in July of next year, and elections will be held next April. Head of Congress, Manuel Merino, an agronomist and businessman from the minority Popular Action, is expected to assume the presidency today. Merino called for calm after the vote and said the April presidential election would go on as planned.
"For the moment, what is left of Evo’s rule is the party he built. It is impossible to overstate how tough the MAS militants are. They know how to bring down governments. Arce may be in charge of the country, but within his rambunctious party he represents a minority. He will have to take on the evangelicals, the right-wing separatists, white rabblerousers of wealthy Santa Cruz province, and Mesa’s middle-class and educated elite; reconcile with the military and police; and, perhaps most difficult of all, unify the party under his command. He has some tough years ahead, but he won his election with five points more than Evo won his a year ago."
- U.S. authorities have drastically stepped up deportations of unaccompanied children to Guatemala, reports the Guardian. Advocates accuse the Trump administration of using the Covid-19 pandemic as a pretext to deprive minors of asylum protections. The U.S. has deported more than 1,400 unaccompanied minors to Guatemala since March, when migration controls were tightened, in October the numbers was 407. In comparison, the U.S. deported 385 unaccompanied minors to Guatemala in all of 2019.
- Venezuela's legitimacy challenged President Nicolás Maduro said he would work to resume “decent, sincere” political dialogue with the United States, once president-elect Joe Biden takes office in January -- Al Jazeera.
- Tropical storm Eta lashed Cuba. Government officials said 8,000 people were in evacuation centers, but reported no injuries, deaths or significant property damage. (NBC)
- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s support has fallen in some of Brazil’s biggest cities, suggesting a popularity bump earlier this year was short-lived, reports Reuters.
- Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa said it has suspended clinical trials of China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, long expected to be one of the first to be approved in the country, following a “severe adverse event.” (Wall Street Journal)
- Paraguayan authorities have announced historic sanctions against Brazilian banking giant Itaú. (InSight Crime)
- Honduran presidential hopeful Nasry “Tito” Asfura, currently mayor of Tegucigalpa, has been named in a government investigation into the embezzlement of more than a million dollars in city funds. He is the second presidential candidate for next year's election to be accused of financial crimes, reports InSight Crime.
- Latin America leads the world in gender quotas for lawmakers, a chapter that started with Argentina in 1991. "The big lesson from these 30 years is that just having a quota is not enough — the design of the quota itself matters tremendously," writes Jennifer Piscopo in Americas Quarterly.