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Andean Group - May 2020

Introduction
We begin this May edition of Latin American Regional Report: Andean Group by exploring the turbulent relationship between the Colombian government and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group...
Colombia
The Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN), the largest guerrilla group in Colombia since the demobilisation of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) in 2016, was the principal target of the security agenda that formed the basis of President Iván Duque’s 2018 election campaign, and has been something of a nemesis for his government ever since...
Venezuela
US attorney general William Barr’s indictment of Nicolás Maduro on 26 March, the first of a sitting foreign president since Panama’s Manuel Noriega in 1988, sent shockwaves through Venezuela...
Bolivia
One of Bolivia’s first recorded cases of coronavirus (Covid-19), a 65-year-old woman in the city of Santa Cruz, the capital of the eponymous department, was turned away from four hospitals by panicked patients and staff, before eventually being isolated by local authorities...
Region
Amid ‘China virus’ jibes emanating from the US and from Brazilian congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, the Chinese government has busily supplied stressed Latin American health systems with unprecedented medical aid...
Ecuador
In the face of what it is calling a ‘triple emergency’ (sanitary, social, and economic) due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Ecuadorean government is facing serious financial problems...
Peru
Aurelio Chino, the president of Peruvian indigenous group,Federación Indígena Quechua del Pastaza (Fediquep), travelled to the Netherlands in March to register a complaint with the Dutch representative to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) regarding the activities of oil company Pluspetrol, which has been operating in remote areas of the Peruvian Amazon since 1996...
Highlights
BOLIVIA | IMF returns...

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