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Weekly Report - 24 January 2019 (WR-19-03)

Leader
Sixty-one years to the day from the overthrow of the Venezuelan dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez, another dictator, President Nicolás Maduro, was supplanted...
Andean
With all of the focus in Peru on the political and judicial twists and turns in the powerplay between President Martín Vizcarra and the right-wing opposition Fuerza Popular (FP, Fujimoristas) little attention has been given to the new regional and municipal authorities that came in at the start of the year...
Brazil & Southern Cone
Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri took the contentious decision this week to sidestep congress and issue a decree enacting a bill held up in congress for over two-and-a-half years...
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro made his debut on the world stage this week when he addressed heads of state, top executives and global leaders from all sectors at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) summit in the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos-Klosters...
The Paraguayan government led by President Mario Abdo Benítez is currently trying to come up with a new plan to resolve a major problem that has afflicted the past three administrations – how to defeat the Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo (EPP) insurgent guerrilla group...
Mexico
The death of at least 90 people following an explosion at a suspected clandestine tap on an oil pipeline near the town of Tlahuelilpan, in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo, has added to the sense that the new anti-oil theft strategy adopted by the government is doing more harm than good...
Mexico has an attorney general at last to head the new Fiscalía General de la República (FGR)...
MEXICO | Red Troncal tender...
Central America & Caribbean
Guatemala’s electoral authorities (TSE) have officially called the June 2019 general elections...
Three high-level officials have quit in recent days – two justices from the 16-member supreme court (CSJ), Rafael Solís and Carlos Aguerri, and the head of Nicaragua’s banking superintendence (Siboif), Víctor Urcuyo...
Weeks after President Carlos Alvarado trumpeted his first significant legislative victory since taking office in May 2018 – the approval of a tax reform [WR-18-48] – he is again claiming progress...
Postscript
Mexico’s Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), which endured an electoral humbling last July, losing the presidency and more than three quarters of its seats in congress, has played a crucial role in domestic politics in recent days...
“We will not allow this great movement of national hope and fortitude to be extinguished.”..

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