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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 17 January 2019

From LatinNews Daily
Development: On 16 January the audit commission in Peru’s national congress approved the opening of a new investigation into the links between C y M Vizcarra (CyM), a local consultancy firm founded by President Martín Vizcarra, and Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht, which has admitted to paying millions of US dollars in bribes to government officials in Peru to secure government contracts...
* Ecuador’s national statistics agency (Inec) has released new figures which show that the national unemployment rate closed at 3.7% in December 2018, down from 4.6% in December 2017...
From Latin American Security & Strategic Review
On 4 January, the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) reported that it had successfully upheld a 12-day unilateral ceasefire from 23 December to 3 January...
On 2 January, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stood beside Colombia’s president, Iván Duque, in the Caribbean heat of Cartagena to raise an old concern...
As advertised, Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly (AN), newly re-energised under the leadership of Juan Guaidó, on 15 January formally declared Nicolás Maduro to be usurping the presidency...
The government of Guyana had a torrid Christmas...

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