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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 15 March 2019

BRAZIL: Venezuelan crisis spills over into Roraima

Brazil’s northern border state of Roraima, one of the country’s poorest, has endured much of the economic and social impact of the Venezuelan exodus to Brazil. As the political crisis continues to deepen in Venezuela, the effects are felt in Roraima, where daily life and business have been disrupted by the closure of the border for the past three weeks and the cut-off of the state’s electricity supply from Venezuela. These problems also pose challenges for the federal government led by President Jair Bolsonaro, which is being called upon to respond to the situation, particularly where the provision of energy is concerned.

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