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Weekly Report - 02 May 2019 (WR-19-17)

Leader
Venezuela’s widely recognised interim president Juan Guaidó promised a decisive development in the end game to bring down the government led by Nicolás Maduro on 1 May...
Andean
“The Peruvian people want to know the truth.” This was how President Martín Vizcarra responded when asked if the authorities remain committed to advancing the judicial investigations into the widespread government and political corruption scheme run by the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht in Peru...
ECUADOR | Growth objectives...
Brazil & Southern Cone
Just how much is at stake in Argentina’s presidential elections in October was laid bare this week...
Striking a balance between environmental protection and agribusiness interests has been a long-standing challenge for the government in Brazil, a country which is both home to two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest and one of the world’s largest agricultural producers...
Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera conducted an official tour of Asia over the course of the last week with visits to China and South Korea...
ARGENTINA | China opens its doors to pork...
Mexico
Mexico’s federal senate has given final approval to the labour reform submitted by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...
The municipality of Minatitlán in the eastern state of Veracruz has become the first area in Mexico to house the newly established national guard...
MEXICO | No to foreign investment...
Central America & Caribbean
The Partido Nacional (PN) government led by President Juan Orlando Hernández was forced to make a major concession this week after mass protests erupted across Honduras in rejection of proposed reforms to the health and education sectors which have now been shelved...
The arrests of a presidential candidate, a legislative candidate, and an acting mayor have reignited fears regarding links between politicians and organised crime in Guatemala...
Postscript
Colombia’s leftist political opposition has been shorn of two key figureheads in congress in as many weeks after two separate rulings by the council of state...
“They failed in their plan...

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