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Weekly Report - 16 May 2019 (WR-19-19)

Leader
If Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri was under any illusions about the size of the task he faces to secure re-election in October, events over the course of this week will have disabused him of them...
Andean
In a day high on drama Colombia’s transitional justice system (JEP) ordered the immediate release on 15 May of Seuxis Paucias Hernández Solarte (‘Jesús Santrich’), a senior former member of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) and peace negotiator, who had been arrested just over a year ago accused of involvement in drug trafficking...
Venezuela’s political instability and unpredictability was encapsulated in a rapid series of developments in the space of five days this week...
Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno has made a concerted effort to deepen diplomatic relations with a comparatively new ally and an old ally in recent weeks...
“If you want to talk about transparency first you have to be transparent.” This was a retort made by President Evo Morales to his main rival in October’s presidential election, former president Carlos Mesa (2003-2005) who is running for Comunidad Ciudadana (CC)...
Small-scale agricultural producers staged a 24-hour national strike in Peru this week demanding more government assistance for the sector...
ECUADOR | Cacao boom on the horizon...
Brazil & Southern Cone
Despite assurances that relations have improved in recent weeks, Brazil’s government has suffered a series of fresh setbacks in congress...
The cream of the Brasília crop has travelled to New York City this week for a series of events and meetings, an opportunity to woo foreign investors and an attempt to refresh Brazil’s image abroad...
URUGUAY | Petrobras strike escalates...
Mexico
After months of planning and years of disruptive protests by teachers’ unions, on 15 May, national teacher’s day, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was finally able to announce the repeal of the 2012-2013 education reform approved under the previous government of Enrique Peña Nieto government (2012-2018) and promulgate his own new reform...
Caribbean & Central America
Two senior Nicaraguan officials have quit in recent days – the attorney general, Hernán Estrada, and the environment minister, María José Corea Pérez...
Postscript
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced government plans on 11 May to open a public internet company that will allow even those in the most remote areas of the country to get online...
“I thank the many thousands of people who have bought my book in difficult times...

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