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Weekly Report - 11 July 2019 (WR-19-27)

Leader
There was never going to be a good time for Mexico’s finance minister Carlos Urzúa to tender his resignation...
Andean
Venezuela’s de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro and the political opposition renewed an exploratory dialogue process in Barbados this week...
Colombia’s supreme court (CSJ) declared Seuxis Paucias Hernández Solarte (‘Jesús Santrich’) a fugitive from justice on 9 July and ordered his capture after he failed to attend a hearing scheduled for that day in relation to a drug-trafficking case in which he is implicated...
With less than six months until Bolivia’s general election, President Evo Morales is facing renewed protests from cocaleros affiliated with Bolivia’s traditional Yungas coca-producing area (La Paz department), a movement known as Asociación Departamental de Productores de Coca de Los Yungas de La Paz (Adepcoca)...
PERU | Tía María...
Brazil & Southern Cone
President Jair Bolsonaro’s government looks set to succeed where its predecessors failed: Brazil’s congress is closer than ever before to passing a significant reform to the country’s unsustainable pensions system...
On 5 July the latest issue of the Brazilian weekly magazine Veja hit the newsstands, and pictures of its front cover began doing the rounds online...
Just how serious is President Mario Abdo Benítez’s commitment to combating corruption? This has become the main question being asked in political circles in Paraguay almost a year into his five-year presidential term...
Argentina’s former president Fernando de la Rúa (1999-2001), who resigned shortly before the largest sovereign debt default in history, died on 9 July...
Caribbean & Central America
Two weeks after announcing the deployment of an additional 2,500 police officers and 3,000 soldiers to violence hot spots to strike the finances of El Salvador’s mara gangs by targeting the flow of extortion payments, President Nayib Bukele rolled out stage two of his government’s overarching security policy on 2 July, a soft complement to the opening hard initiative...
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Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández made a concerted effort this week to undercut support for protesting medical workers and teachers...
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | On the defensive over tourism...
Postscript
Ecuador will shortly complete a dramatic U-turn when it begins the process of joining the Pacific Alliance as a full member...
“[Jesús] Santrich has betrayed his own people and something even more important, the hope for peace of an entire people.”..

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