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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 18 January 2019

From LatinNews Daily
Development: On 17 January the Colombian police reported that 21 people had been killed and 68 others wounded after a car bomb exploded at the police academy in country’s capital, Bogotá...
* Óscar Barriga, the president of Bolivia’s state-run oil company Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), has announced that the contract for the purchase and sale of natural gas with Brazil will be extended up until 2023, providing the Bolivian state with a monthly income of some US$150m...
From Latin American Weekly Report
The president of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled national assembly, Juan Guaidó, is making a concerted effort to topple President Nicolás Maduro...
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...
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)...

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