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Weekly Report - 28 March 2019 (WR-19-12)

Leader
Venezuelan intelligence agents conducted a dawn raid on the home of one of Juan Guaidó’s closest allies, Roberto Marrero, on 21 March...
Andean
Ecuador’s traditional opposition Partido Social Cristiano (PSC) is back with a bang...
It has been 12 months since Martín Vizcarra assumed Peru’s presidency on 23 March 2018 following the resignation of elected president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski over corruption allegations...
Brazil & Southern Cone
A new regional integration promotion forum was launched last week in Chile...
President Jair Bolsonaro came to power promising a new way of doing politics, by putting an end to the pork-barrelling of the past and choosing appointments based on technical criteria rather than political affiliation or, indeed, experience...
Strained relations between the government led by President Mauricio Macri and the supreme court took a turn for the worse on 26 March when magistrates on Argentina’s top court voted to exempt pensioners from paying the impuesto a las ganancias, payroll tax...
Mexico
When Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office on 1 December 2018 he promised that the style and substance of his government would differ completely from that of his predecessor Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018)...
One of the three parties within President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s ruling coalition Juntos Haremos Historia (JHH) will cease to exist after an adverse ruling by the electoral tribunal (TEPJF)...
MEXICO | Improving ties with the banks...
Central America & Caribbean
“A crucial next step in addressing the human rights crisis that is rapidly tearing the country apart”...
A local judge has ordered the arrest of Thelma Aldana, a former attorney general (2014-2018) who is running for the new centre-left Movimiento Semilla in the June general election...
Postscript
It is not often that a government presiding over the most violent year on record eagerly anticipates an impending election...
“Urging Spain to apologise [for the Conquest 500 years ago] is a sham...

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