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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 8 February 2019

From LatinNews Daily
On 7 February, the international contact group (ICG) on Venezuela held its first meeting in Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, and called for a new dialogue and a fresh presidential election to try to solve the crisis in Venezuela...
* Bolivia has announced an agreement signed by China’s Xinjiang Tbea Group-Baocheng and Bolivia’s state-owned lithium company Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos Corporación (YLB) for the construction of two plants to industrialise lithium in the Coipasa salt flats in Oruro department and the Pastos Grandes salt flats in Potosí department with a US$2.3bn investment...
From Latin American Weekly Report
President Martín Vizcarra presented a plan on 31 January to drive economic growth and convert Peru into a developed country over the next 20-30 years...
The battle between Venezuela’s two presidents – the incumbent Nicolás Maduro and the challenger, Juan Guaidó – was this week playing out in various locations...
On 6 February President Iván Duque presented a new national defence and security policy which rules out bilateral cease-fires with rebel forces – which up till now have played a significant part in attempts to pacify the country...
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Ecuador’s largest trade union movement Frente Unitario de Trabajadores (FUT) joined part of the umbrella indigenous organisation Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas (Conaie) last week in staging nationwide protests against the economic measures implemented by the government led by President Lenín Moreno...

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