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Weekly Report - 30 May 2019 (WR-19-21)

Leader
This week delegations representing the Venezuelan government of President Nicolás Maduro, on the one hand, and opposition leader and interim president Juan Guaidó, on the other, met in Oslo to hold a round of talks under the auspices of the Norwegian government...
Andean
The Colombian army and its head, General Nicacio Martínez Espinel, are at the centre of a major political storm...
Brazil & Southern Cone
A spate of murders across four prisons in Brazil’s northern state of Amazonas has once again shone a light on the failings of the country’s penitentiary system...
Last week, rumours began to circulate about the words ‘impeachment’ and ‘parliamentary system’ being bandied around the corridors of Brasília, as Brazil’s congress appeared ever more exasperated by its fractured relationship with President Jair Bolsonaro, and the obstacle this represents to governability...
Worrying poll numbers and a general strike challenge President Mauricio Macri’s re-election bid...
President Sebastián Piñera is due to deliver his second state-of-the-nation speech over the weekend, on 1 June...
After years of failed attempts to promote an electoral reform that eliminates the use of closed or ‘blanket lists’ (closed candidates lists) in legislative elections, the Paraguayan government led by President Mario Abdo Benítez has sanctioned a new law that does it...
Mexico
Following the unexpected resignation of the head of Mexico’s social security institute (IMSS) last week over complaints that ‘republican austerity’ policies were undermining its ability to fulfil its obligations [WR-19-20], the Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been forced into allocating increased funding for the public healthcare sector...
Central America & Caribbean
The permanent council of the Organization of American States (OAS) has approved a new resolution on “the situation in Nicaragua” – its latest response to the crisis stemming from the crackdown by the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by President Daniel Ortega on its opponents which began in April 2018...
Remittances received by El Salvador in the first four months of this year increased by 3.9% to total US$1.78bn compared with the same period in 2018, according to figures released by the central bank (BCR)...
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Postscript
Mexico’s GDP expanded by 1.2% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019, according to figures released by the national statistics institute (Inegi)...
“We are a popular democracy and we are a legal democracy.”..

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