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Weekly Report - 28 February 2019 (WR-19-08)

Leader
The entry of humanitarian aid into Venezuela did not provide the tipping point the opposition had counted on to expedite a democratic transition process...
Andean
Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno announced last week the creation of an international anti-corruption commission to fulfil one of the electoral-campaign promises he made in 2017 to improve the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of corruption...
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has promulgated a law establishing a unified healthcare system (SUS)...
The Colombian government led by President Iván Duque has presented its proposed national development plan (PND) 2018-2022 to congress for debate...
Brazil & Southern Cone
Former president Cristina Fernández (2007-2015) put up a fierce defence of her innocence in court this week...
While much of Brazil’s attention is focused this week on the street parties and samba shows of Carnival, on 27 February news site G1 released annual homicide statistics for 2018...
The murder of an indigenous man in central Asunción has sparked serious concerns...
BRAZIL | Senate approves Campos Neto for central bank...
Mexico
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the cancellation this week of a public consultation process on his government’s proposed creation of a national guard, which had been scheduled for 21 March...
“We knew that the communities not directly affected would support it… we knew this would be a farce.” This was the reaction by civil society groups opposed to a new thermoelectric plant located in Mexico’s central state of Morelos to the result of the public consultation on the project staged by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...
MEXICO | Steady but sure...
Central America & Caribbean
With less than three months until general elections on 5 May, the first of two presidential debates took place last week, organised by the electoral authorities (TE)...
Postscript
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez attended the inauguration ceremony for the new Brazilian directors of Itaipú Binacional, the Brazilian-Paraguayan entity that manages the Itaipú hydroelectric dam, on 26 February...
“For Venezuelans, and other South Americans, the worst dictatorship in the world is that of Maduro in Venezuela...

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