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Weekly Report - 27 June 2019 (WR-19-25)

Leader
Once again, efforts to negotiate a solution to the Venezuelan crisis are getting bogged down...
Andean
President Iván Duque was in Switzerland as part of a three-nation tour of Europe on 20 June when the news came through that Colombia’s congress had sunk his government’s anti-corruption bill...
Peru’s defence minister, retired General José Huerta, died of a heart attack on 24 June while visiting a military base in the Peruvian Amazon...
Brazil & Southern Cone
A pact between Brazil’s three branches of government, announced by the Planalto presidential office at the end of May in an attempt to smooth over political tensions [WR-19-21], never materialised...
After some uncertainty over its agenda, the second chamber of Brazil’s supreme court (STF) decided on 25 June to go ahead and hold a vote on two habeas corpus requests presented by the defence team of former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011), who has been serving a prison sentence for corruption since April 2018...
Nine different presidential pre-candidates have registered to take part in Argentina’s open, simultaneous, and mandatory primaries (Paso) on 11 August...
Mexico
Job creation data has become a new political battleground in Mexico...
Central America & Caribbean
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández led a ‘march for peace’ on 22 June in Tegucigalpa, organised by the ruling Partido Nacional (PN)...
Nicaragua’s national assembly, controlled by the ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN), reformed an internal regulation on 25 June in order to keep the body’s president, Gustavo Porras, in his place...
“We don’t want a war...
Guyana’s President David Granger suffered a sharp reverse on 18 June as the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) upheld a parliamentary vote of no confidence in his A Partnership for National Unity (Apnu) coalition government last December, triggering fresh elections...
The rift within the long-ruling Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD) deepened significantly this week...
Postscript
Uruguay has not experienced such a dirty campaign ahead of elections before...
“We need to attack the original cause of this crisis not the effects, and this cause is the Madurista dictatorship.”..

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