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Weekly Report - 18 July 2019 (WR-19-28)

Leader
Colombia’s President Iván Duque is in a quandary...
Andean
Talks between representatives of the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro and opposition figurehead Juan Guaidó resumed in Barbados this week...
Five years after the last deadly protest against the ‘Tía María’ copper mining project [WR-15-19], the local population in the province of Islay in Peru’s south-eastern region of Arequipa is once again up in arms...
Brazil & Southern Cone
The atmosphere was upbeat at the 54th Southern Common Market (Mercosur) summit, which took place this week in Santa Fe, Argentina, as the recently agreed trade deal between Mercosur and the European Union (EU) has injected a renewed sense of purpose into the bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay...
The excitement that followed Brazil’s chamber of deputies’ 379-vote approval of the pension reform’s base text last week [WR-19-27] has fast subsided, as the realities of congressional procedures have checked the initial optimism...
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Argentina posted a primary fiscal surplus for the first half of 2019 for the first time since 2011...
PARAGUAY | Looking for innovation in beef industry...
Mexico
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador presented his government’s five-year business plan for Pemex on 16 July...
Carlos Lomelí resigned his post as federal government delegate to the western state of Jalisco on 12 July...
Central America & Caribbean
The planned purchase of two Pampa III military planes from Argentina’s state-run aircraft manufacturing company Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (Fadea) last week threatened a new scandal for President Jimmy Morales...
Postscript
The 15 members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) conducted a visit to Colombia on 13 July to monitor the implementation of the country’s peace accord...
“[Colombia’s] judiciary is very ‘efficient’ against the innocent and indulgent with criminals.”..

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