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Weekly Report - 17 January 2019 (WR-19-02)

Leader
The president of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled national assembly, Juan Guaidó, is making a concerted effort to topple President Nicolás Maduro...
Andean
The image of waste water flooding hundreds of houses in the Lima district of San Juan de Lurigancho (SJL), which adorned the front pages of the Peruvian press this week, provided a potent symbol of the repercussions of the bribery scandal involving Brazil’s construction firm Odebrecht and senior Peruvian politicians, including the country’s last four presidents...
“The peace deal has been betrayed by the Colombian state, which opted for perfidy and for not upholding what had been agreed in good faith.” This is the damming assessment of the implementation of the historic peace deal that the Colombian government sealed with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) in 2016 from Luciano Marín Arango (‘Iván Márquez’), the Farc’s former second-in-command and chief peace negotiator...
Brazil & Southern Cone
Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri met his Brazilian peer Jair Bolsonaro in Brasília on 16 January, having missed his investiture on New Year’s Day...
Uruguay’s political opposition has concentrated its attacks at the start of this electoral year on the government’s refusal to declare the presidency of Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro to be illegitimate after his investiture on 10 January...
President Jair Bolsonaro’s new government has few concrete measures to show for its first two weeks in office, which have been marked by controversies over appointments, continued violence in the North-East, and sustained market optimism based largely on speculation...
BRAZIL | Bolsonaro approves budget...
Mexico
With many Mexican states still suffering from a lack of petrol resulting from the introduction of a new government strategy designed to combat oil theft [WR-19-01] and public discontent over this mounting, there is a growing feeling in Mexico that the situation is turning into the first major test for the new government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...
MEXICO | Inflation...
Central America & Caribbean
President Jimmy Morales this week delivered his third and penultimate state-of-the-nation address...
Nayib Bukele could become the first presidential candidate in El Salvador since 2004 to win election outright in the first round, with the highest level of support since the signing of the peace accords in 1992...
Postscript
Colombia’s President Iván Duque revealed his intention on 15 January to forge a new regional integration initiative to replace the Union of South American Nations (Unasur)...
“Is it enough to cling to the constitution in a dictatorship? No...

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