Incoming Honduran president’s first test: the status of the military police
President-elect Juan Orlando Hernández already knows that his first test upon taking office will be securing passage for his initiative to grant constitutional status to the recently created Policía Militar del Orden Público (PMOP). He no longer has the comfortable majority he enjoyed when he was the president of congress, and he faces outright opposition from the second-largest bloc as well as doubts among others in the legislature. The PMOP is an important instrument of his proclaimed plan to “do anything necessary to stamp out violence”.
As various multilateral agencies and researchers peer into Latin America’s prospects in 2014 and beyond, a persistent theme is emerging. Structural changes in the international economy are no longer as supportive for the region as they were for much of the last decade. In tougher times more self-help is needed. And one area where new policies and investment could have a major impact for the better is the region’s rather creaky transport and logistics networks.
Latin American Economy & Business - November 2013 (ISSN 1741-7430)
Farc and government agree on political participation
President Juan Manuel Santos has wanted to wrap up the peace negotiations with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas before 25 November, the deadline for him to decide whether he would be running for reelection in the May 2014 elections. As it turned out the negotiators barely managed to agree on the second point of the agenda — political participation — by extending the period allocated for discussions. The Farc got much, but far from all, of what it had been expecting to achieve in this round of talks.
Security & Strategic Review - November 2013 (ISSN 1741-4202)
Four and a half years since former president Manuel Zelaya (2006-2009) was removed by the military on the orders of the supreme court, backed by the congress, Honduras has yet to resolve via electoral politics the bitter internal political conflict unleashed by that incident, leaving the country unstable, wracked by crime and insecurity and with a teetering economy.
Caribbean & Central America - December 2013 (ISSN 1741-4458)