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Weekly Report - 31 January 2019 (WR-19-04)

Leader
In the space of barely three weeks, Juan Guaidó has emerged as the most formidable foe Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution has faced in its 20 years of existence...
Andean
In what President Evo Morales has trumpeted as a victory for democracy, last week Bolivia held its first-ever primaries ahead of the October 2019 general election...
Colombian police said on 28 January that they had captured Reinaldo ‘Pepe’ Peñaranda Franco, the leader of the illegal armed group Los Pelusos...
Brazil & Southern Cone
Footage from rescue operations after a tailings dam collapsed on 25 January near Brumadinho, Minas Gerais state, shows a helicopter hovering above a sea of mud as firefighters attempt to pull victims out of the sludge...
Brazil’s federal congress returns from recess on 1 February...
On 27 January residents of La Rioja province kicked off a year in which there will be at least 15 electoral Sundays, and probably more...
Mexico
The government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says it is winning the fight against oil theft, as a new source of disruption – a teachers’ strike in Michoacán – has emerged...
MEXICO | Financing the national guard...
Central America & Caribbean
“The most important electoral reforms in the country’s history.” This is the response by the president of the legislative assembly, Mauricio Oliva, of the ruling Partido Nacional (PN), to a series of constitutional changes passed last week by the 128-member legislature...
PANAMA | Law against tax evasion approved...
Postscript
Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra is pressing congress to deliver his reforms, while the once-dominant right-wing Fuerza Popular (FP, Fujimoristas) loses strength in the legislature...
“The regime is in its final stages, this is unstoppable, and you don’t have to sacrifice yourselves for the usurper and his gang; think of yourselves, your career, the future of your children and grandchildren…history will recognise you.”..

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