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Andean Group - September 2019

Introduction
Colombia’s right-wing President Iván Duque and the ruling Centro Democrático (CD) marked one year in office on 7 August...
Colombia
Colombia’s right-wing President Iván Duque and the ruling Centro Democrático (CD) marked one year in office on 7 August, with a mixed report card on the economy and other areas...
The announcement on 29 August by Luciano Marín Arango (‘Iván Márquez’) that he and other leaders of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) were rejecting the peace agreement and resuming an armed struggle against the government may, or may not, change the dynamics of the country’s armed groups...
Ecuador
Struggles over mining have intensified in Ecuador as the government led by President Lenín Moreno has signalled its intent to make the sector one of the pillars of the economy, and anti-mining activists have made important advances in their efforts to prevent the expansion of medium- and large-scale mines...
Bolivia
Appreciated in Western markets for their nutritional properties, Brazil nuts are mostly collected in Bolivia in hazardous work conditions between November and May every year...
In its annual report, released on 22 August 2019, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found that the overall volume of coca cultivated in Bolivia in 2018 had declined by 6% from 2017 figures...
Peru
A ruthless crime in Lima has been getting blanket coverage on social media and in the Peruvian popular press...
The valley of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro rivers (Vraem) in south-eastern Peru is the country’s largest illegal coca growing area...
Highlights
VENEZUELA | Maduro underlines alliance with China amid US sanctions...

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