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Weekly Report - 03 October 2019 (WR-19-39)

Leader
For many months Peru’s presidency and congress have fought a protracted fencing bout, parry after riposte, before President Martín Vizcarra finally exploited an opening and lunged...
Andean
No sooner does it appear that relations between Colombia and Venezuela have hit rock bottom than they take a new turn for the worse...
President Evo Morales’ chief rival ahead of presidential elections on 20 October, former president Carlos Mesa (2003-2005), of the opposition alliance Comunidad Ciudadana (CC), has received a boost ahead of the vote after one of Bolivia’s main opposition leaders Samuel Doria Medina, of Unidad Nacional (UN), endorsed his candidacy...
BOLIVIA | Inking new deals with Brazil...
Brazil & Southern Cone
Thousands of supporters turned out in the district of Barrancas de Belgrano in the City of Buenos Aires for the start of President Mauricio Macri’s ‘30 cities in 30 days’ campaign on 28 September ahead of presidential elections on 27 October...
The death of Ágatha Félix, an eight-year old girl who was killed by a stray bullet during a military police (PM) operation in the Complexo do Alemão favela in metropolitan Rio de Janeiro on 20 September, has given centre-stage to discussions on public security policy and the role of the police, particularly in the state of Rio...
Tensions between the judiciary and the legislature or the executive are not infrequent in Brazil...
CHILE | Piñera unveils 2020 draft budget...
Mexico
Mexico’s Finance Minister Arturo Herrera is eyeing up a future tax reform to spur economic growth...
Central America & Caribbean
To say that relations are strained between El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele and the country’s legislative assembly would be an understatement...
At the recent United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Jimmy Morales devoted a significant part of his speech to attacking the now defunct International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig), whose mandate he ended after it called for him to be investigated for alleged illegal campaign finance...
The governments of El Salvador and Honduras both announced migration agreements last week with the US government...
President Jovenel Moïse is facing the biggest mass protests since taking office in February 2017...
Postscript
Profound challenges facing Paraguay’s soybean industry contributed to a domestic economic contraction of 3% in the second quarter of 2019, year-on-year, according to figures released by the central bank (BCP) on 30 September...
“People of Peru we are making history, and this moment will be remembered for generations.”..

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