Welcome back to another week of Central American news.
Protests broke out in Honduras against a bill that would restructure the budget of the healthcare and education systems. Hondurans saw in this bill a dangerous slope
to less transparency, more corruption, and ultimately, an open door to privatization. The government denied that there will be privatization. After riot police tear gassed
protesters and some buildings were set on fire, the National Congress of Honduras suspended the bill. Yet, Honduran students, unions, teachers and doctors remain vigilant
. Poor healthcare and education systems are part of the root causes of migration.
Further south, Panama is having its presidential, parliamentary and local elections today, May 5. The centrist candidate, businessman and former legislator “Nito” Cortizo is “the top contender for the next five-year term
” and the main electoral issue is…corruption. We have put a special section on Panama this week below.
Thank you for reading and see you next week!