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Weekly Report - 25 April 2019 (WR-19-16)

Leader
After last week’s moves to soften the austerity programme backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Argentine peso remained under relentless pressure this week, with a particularly wobbly day on 24 April, dubbed “black Wednesday”...
Andean
Early in the morning of 17 April police and prosecutors arrived at the Lima home of Peru’s former president Alan García (1985-1990; 2006-2011) to arrest him as part of ongoing investigations into corrupt payments by the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht...
This week the Colombian senate began to discuss whether to accept or reject President Iván Duque’s partial veto of the law regulating the transitional justice system (JEP)...
Brazil & Southern Cone
Brazil’s judiciary has once again found itself in the midst of a scandal, with the federal supreme court (STF) accused of censorship after Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered last week that two news sites take down an article implying that the STF president, Justice José Antonio Dias Toffoli, was implicated in corrupt dealings...
President Jair Bolsonaro’s government is broadly considered to be split into three groups, defined as the technocrats (which include Economy Minister Paulo Guedes and his team of economic liberals), the military representatives, and the ideologues (sometimes referred to as the populists)...
Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera set out on a six-day official visit to China and South Korea on 24 April...
Mexico
Mexico’s federal senate is poised to start debating what has been dubbed by some as ‘the mother of all reforms’...
The killing of 13 people during an armed attack perpetrated by a presumed organised criminal group in the town of Minatitlán, in Mexico’s Veracruz state, is the latest episode to highlight the high levels of violence in the country...
MEXICO | Unemployment...
Central America & Caribbean
One year on since the government led by President Daniel Ortega began its crackdown on opponents, there is no end in sight to the political crisis which has left over 500 dead...
As expected, the United Nations (UN) Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (Minujusth) will end in October 2019, following a recent vote by the UN Security Council (UNSC)...
Postscript
Venezuela was the scene of an unusually quiet week over the Semana Santa Easter festival as the country’s antagonists regrouped ahead of two showdowns in the coming days...
“I trust in history...

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