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Caribbean & Central America - August 2020

INTRODUCTION
The first piece in this August edition of Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America looks at tensions in Guatemala which have erupted following an order by the constitutional court (CC) for the process of electing supreme court (CSJ) judges and appellate magistrates to be suspended...
CENTRAL AMERICA
“An institutional crisis instigated by those who seek impunity for corruption”.  This was the response by Acción Ciudadana (AC), the national branch of international NGO Transparency International, to tensions which have erupted following an order by the constitutional court (CC) for the process of electing supreme court (CSJ) judges and appellate magistrates to be suspended...
In late June the Organization of American States (OAS) General Secretary Luis Almagro announced that he would request that OAS members declare a “rupture of the democratic order” in Nicaragua...
The US government led by President Donald Trump has already drawn criticism from local and international human rights groups over its increasingly hard-line on migration - evident in moves such as the inking last year of three bilateral migration accords known as Asylum Cooperative Agreements (ACAs) with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras [SSR-20-01]...
On 2 July Guatemala announced that it had started the process of leaving the International Coffee Organisation (ICO), the London-based body that drives cooperation between almost 50 coffee-producing countries, amid concern for regional agriculture...
CARIBBEAN
On 3 July, the prime minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Keith Rowley, called a general election for 10 August, just short of five years after his People’s National Movement (PNM) party came to power in September 2015 following a 23-18 seat victory over the People’s Partnership (PP) coalition led by then prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (2010-2015) of the United National Congress (UNC)...
The confirmation on 13 July of Chandrikapersad Santokhi of the Vooruitstrevende Hervormingspartij (VHP) as Suriname’s new president, and with it the departure of Desi Bouterse and his defeated Nationale Democratische Partij (NDP) was accompanied by an almost audible sigh of relief from the international community, but it is relief tempered by concerns about the influence in the new government of Vice President Ronnie Brunswijk and his Algemene Bevrijdings-en Ontwikkelingspartij (Abop)...
Apart from Haiti, for which fate seldom has a kind gesture, in terms of health the Caribbean has been relatively untouched by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Luis Abinader and the Partido Revolucionario Moderno (PRM) broke the 16-year stranglehold on power that the Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD) held in the Dominican Republic (DR) in the 5 July general election...
ECONOMIC HIGHLIGHTS
NICARAGUA | Warning of the coronavirus impact on business...

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