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Weekly Report - 16 January 2020 (WR-20-02)

Leader
Colombians are no strangers to spying scandals...
Andean Countries
Venezuela’s foreign ministry has condemned the latest round of US sanctions as an effort to “undermine the proper functioning of Venezuela’s democratic institutions”, in order to “hide its own manifest failure to impose a change of government by force”...
Peru’s constitutional tribunal (TC) ruled this week that the decision by President Martín Vizcarra to dissolve congress in September last year was legitimate...
After facing widespread criticism for the use of military force against protesters in November 2019, Jeanine Áñez’s interim government has come to recognise judicial action as its most valuable weapon for dealing with its opponents, most notably the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) of former president Evo Morales (2006-2019), which still controls both houses of the legislative assembly and commands considerable popular support...
ECUADOR | Dollarisation...
Brazil & Southern Cone
The government led by President Alberto Fernández continues to take action designed to reactivate the economy and “haul Argentina back on its feet”, to cite the economy minister Martín Guzmán, while delaying a renegotiation of its large debt to creditors...
November’s municipal elections in Paraguay may still be months away but the crisis affecting the Asunción municipal government means that the battle for control of the capital has already started...
The nomination of the Brazilian production ‘The edge of democracy’ for best documentary feature at the Academy Awards, announced on 13 January, prompted reactions from politicians of all colours in Brazil...
BRAZIL | Meat prices drive higher-than-expected inflation...
Mexico
Strenuous complaints are being voiced over the newly launched Instituto de Salud para el Bienestar (Insabi) public health initiative...
MEXICO | Inflation down amid economic slump...
Central America & Caribbean
“An historic opportunity”...
A gesture of “national reconciliation”...
EL SALVADOR | Cracking down on corruption...
Postscript
Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno celebrated the strengthening of bilateral economic ties and cooperation with the US on 13 January after meeting the head of the US National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere Affairs directorate, Mauricio Claver-Carone...
“What is all this about only learning about [the illegal spying] when they read Semana? If they are denying and concealing this what guarantee is there that they will dismantle these apparatuses?”..

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