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Weekly Report - 14 February 2019 (WR-19-06)

Leader
The battle between pro- and anti-government forces continued in Venezuela this week...
Andean
Colombian President Iván Duque met his US opposite number Donald Trump in Washington on 13 September...
The balance of political forces in congress continues in a state of flux...
Brazil & Southern Cone
In the space of a few weeks Argentina’s former economy minister Roberto Lavagna has emerged as a potential cross-party candidate in this year’s presidential election...
How the economy behaves in 2019 will be crucial for President Mauricio Macri’s chances of re-election...
The advancement of the Brazilian government’s policy agenda has been somewhat halted by the absence of President Jair Bolsonaro, who was discharged on 13 February after more than two weeks in hospital...
The city of Rio de Janeiro has been particularly hard hit over the past few days...
The political crisis that has engulfed Ciudad del Este (CDE), Paraguay’s second city, following the launch of an intervention by the national government due to allegations of gross corruption and mismanagement by the municipal authorities [WR-18-45] has reached a major turning point...
Mexico
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is not afraid to confront the business sector if he believes it is acting against the national interest...
MEXICO | Industrial production...
Central America & Caribbean
Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse celebrated his two-year anniversary in power last week amid the biggest show of public unrest since taking office, with protesters across the country demanding his resignation...
NICARAGUA | Funides report...
Postscript
With uncertainty rife over future of anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala amid the ongoing battle between President Jimmy Morales and United Nations (UN)-backed anti-impunity commission in Guatemala (Cicig), civil-society groups are warning of another potential blow to anti-impunity efforts...
“I don’t see any Venezuelan soldier using his rifle to try to stop anyone bringing in food for his dad, his mum, or his brothers.”..

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