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Weekly Report - 04 July 2019 (WR-19-26)

Leader
The world’s longest-running trade saga has reached its conclusion...
Brazil & Southern Cone
President Jair Bolsonaro’s unpredictable foreign policy style has had Brazil’s long-term diplomatic allies on edge since he took office six months ago...
Uruguay’s primary elections on 30 June contained one slight surprise – but it was not the big one some pollsters had anticipated...
Andean
Seuxis Paucias Hernández Solarte (‘Jesús Santrich’) disappeared without trace on 29 June, throwing Colombia’s peace process into uncertainty...
Juan Guaidó is hoping that the death this week of a naval corvette captain, Rafael Acosta Arévalo, arrested by military counterintelligence (DGCIM) on suspicion of plotting to topple Venezuela’s de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro, will be the tipping point for the military...
Lawyers representing Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht arrived in Peru this week to hand local prosecutors the first batch of documents detailing the bribes that the firm paid to Peruvian government officials in exchange for state contracts as well as of the irregular electoral campaign contributions made to national politicians...
Mexico
A group of local NGOs has called on the Mexican authorities not to allow the national guard (GN) to persecute migrants...
Central America & Caribbean
“No-one is untouchable.” This was one of the promises made by Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo upon taking office for a five-year term on 1 July, signalling a return to power for the Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) after a decade...
Two weeks on from the general election on 16 June [WR-19-24], Julio Solórzano, the president of the electoral authority (TSE), has confirmed that the 11 August run-off will take place between former First Lady Sandra Torres (2008-2012) of the opposition Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) and Alejandro Giammattei of the right-wing Vamos party...
When protesting fishermen threw a small stick of dynamite at the presidential palace in San José last week, Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado would not have known it was only a foretaste of what was to come...
Postscript
Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel announced last week that his government had approved a series of measures as part of a new economic strategy...
“We had the will power to set aside 20 years of frustrations and transform this deal into reality.” Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri on the EU-Mercosur trade deal. “We won in stoppage time with a header in the six-yard box”. Uruguay’s Ernesto Talvi on his victory in the primary elections of the right-of-centre Partido Colorado (PC, Colorados) over former president Julio María Sanguinetti...

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