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Weekly Report - 14 November 2019 (WR-19-45)

Leader
Bolivia’s longest-serving leader Evo Morales has resigned after nearly 14 years in office...
Andean Countries
Colombia’s President Iván Duque is facing one of the most serious challenges of his 15-month tenure...
The ‘Lava Jato’ investigations into the corruption centred around Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht in Peru continues to advance despite the complexities of the case and the apparent efforts by the politically influential individuals implicated in it to stifle them...
Brazil & Southern Cone
The Chilean government led by President Sebastián Piñera has accepted that drafting a new constitution can provide a way out of the country’s current crisis stemming from the public protests in rejection of social and economic inequality that have been raging for three weeks now...
After 580 days of waiting and campaigning, the wishes of Brazil’s leftist Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) and ‘Lula Livre’ movement were granted...
As protests spread like wildfire across the region, Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez is fearful that his government could be next to feel the heat...
BRAZIL | Oil ‘mega-tender’ disappoints...
Mexico
Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard greeted Bolivia’s Evo Morales with a warm embrace on 12 November after he disembarked in Mexico City airport from a jet sent to pick him up...
Central America & Caribbean
As other countries in the region are struggling under the weight of International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan packages and associated policy prescriptions, Jamaica has just graduated with success from an arduous six-and-a-half-year reform programme spanning two successive arrangements...
The Honduran congress recently voted to delay by six months the entry into effect of the country’s new criminal code – meaning it will now take effect in May 2020...
Postscript
The last men standing in Uruguay’s long electoral campaign traded blows in a two-hour televised debate on 13 November...
“We are emerging from one of the darkest episodes of our democratic history...

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