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Weekly Report - 04 April 2019 (WR-19-13)

Leader
The terms ‘institutional crisis’ and ‘political uncertainty’ get thrown around a lot in reference to Latin American governments, not always accurately...
Andean
Venezuela’s government led by Nicolás Maduro tested the waters this week with two moves which in theory end the political future of Juan Guaidó...
Peru has a long history of social conflicts over major mining operations...
The issue of narcotrafficking has been central to US-Colombia relations for decades...
Plans by the government led by President Evo Morales to exploit a local nature reserve, Tariquía, Tarija department for hydrocarbon deposits has led the local media to draw parallels with the ‘Tipnis’ dispute...
Brazil & Southern Cone
Following official visits to Presidents Donald Trump in the US and Sebastián Piñera in Chile earlier in March, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro continued a busy international agenda with a three-day trip to Israel this week, where he was received with ceremony by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
During his undistinguished seven terms as federal deputy in Brazil’s congress, one of now-president Jair Bolsonaro’s most distinctive features was his frequent praise of the country’s military regime (1964-1985)...
BRAZIL | Increased aerial links to Europe...
Mexico
The Central American migrant crisis shot to prominence again this week with US President Donald Trump threatening to close the shared border with Mexico unless the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador make a concerted effort to address the issue...
MEXICO | Growth forecast cut...
Central America & Caribbean
President Jovenel Moïse has named culture & communication (MCC) minister Jean Michel Lapin as Haiti’s new interim prime minister following the departure of Jean Henry Céant after losing a vote of no confidence [WR-19-11]...
Guyana’s warring political parties are heading for a showdown at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as they battle for power at a time when the country has come into game-changing oil wealth...
Postscript
As we go to press on 4 April Argentine trade unions and activists are staging a demonstration on the streets of the city of Buenos Aires to protest against the economic policies of the government led by President Mauricio Macri...
“Asking for the removal of the commander [of the army] every 15 days damages institutional credibility.”..

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