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LatinNews Daily - 16 November 2018

Development: On 15 November Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera pledged an investigation into the fatal shooting of an indigenous Mapuche man, Camilo Catrillanca Marin, which took place two days earlier in Ercilla town, in the impoverished southern region of La Araucanía.

LatinNews Daily - 15 November 2018

Development: In the early hours of 15 November Argentina’s federal senate gave final approval to a version of the zero-deficit 2019 draft budget submitted by the government led by President Mauricio Macri.

LatinNews Daily - 14 November 2018

Development: On 13 November two political opposition alliances and seven political parties registered with Bolivia’s supreme electoral court (TSE) ahead of the 27 January 2019 party primaries.

LatinNews Daily - 13 November 2018

Development: On 12 November Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri signed a presidential decree under which private sector firms in the country are to pay a year-end bonus to their employees to compensate for the loss in purchasing power resulting from Argentina’s high inflation rate.

LatinNews Daily - 12 November 2018

Development: On 11 November, Colombia’s President Iván Duque said that he would not be “blackmailed” by the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) insurgent guerrilla group and that his government will only resume formal peace negotiations with the ELN when the group suspends all of its criminal activity. 

LatinNews Daily - 09 November 2018

Development: Mexico’s stock market index fell by 5.8% on 8 November after the leftist Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador presented a bill in the federal senate that would restrict commissions charged by banks.

LatinNews Daily - 08 November 2018

Development: On 7 November Colombia’s President Iván Duque acknowledged that “the biggest challenge” his government had faced during his first three months in office was winning approval in congress for the 2019 draft budget which would include contentious tax-reform proposals.

LatinNews Daily - 07 November 2018

Development: On 6 November opposition deputies in Venezuela’s national assembly (AN) accused the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) government led by President Nicolás Maduro of running an extortion ring preying on Venezuelan gold miners in conjunction with the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN), the Colombian insurgent guerrilla group.

LatinNews Daily - 06 November 2018

Development: On 5 November, the lawyers of Brazil’s imprisoned former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011) filed a new habeas corpus petition before the supreme court (STF), requesting Lula’s release.

LatinNews Daily - 05 November 2018

Development: On 4 November the participants of the VII Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) denounced that the caravans of Central American migrants that are seeking to make their way to the US through Mexico are being mistreated by the Mexican authorities. 

LatinNews Daily - 02 November 2018

Development: On 1 November, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing new economic sanctions to Venezuela’s gold industry.

LatinNews Daily - 01 November 2018

Development: On 31 November, a local judge put the leader of Peru’s main opposition Fuerza Popular (FP, Fujimoristas) party, Keiko Fujimori, under preventative detention for 36 months as she awaits trial for money laundering and bribery charges.

LatinNews Daily - 31 October 2018

Development: On 30 October, Bolivia’s former president, Carlos Mesa (2003-2005), of the opposition Frente Revolucionario de Izquierda (FRI) party, and the leader of the Soberanía y Libertad para Bolivia (Sol.bo) opposition group and current mayor of La Paz, Luís Revilla, came to an agreement to form an electoral alliance named ‘[email protected]’ to contest the 2019 general election.

LatinNews Daily - 30 October 2018

Development: On 29 October Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that his incoming administration will cancel the project to build an entirely new international airport to service Mexico City (NAIM) launched by the outgoing government led by President Enrique Peña Nieto.

LatinNews Daily - 29 October 2018

Development: On 28 October, Jair Bolsonaro of the Partido Social Liberal (PSL) won Brazil’s presidential election with 55.13% of the valid vote, in the conclusion of a divisive and sometimes vicious campaign.

LatinNews Daily - 26 October 2018

Development: On 25 October, Brazilian pollster Datafolha released its latest public opinion poll, three days ahead of the presidential run-off vote on 28 October and two days before the official end of campaigning. 

LatinNews Daily - 25 October 2018

Development: In the early hours of 25 October Argentina’s federal chamber of deputies approved a version of the zero-deficit draft 2019 budget proposal submitted by the government led by President Mauricio Macri after a marathon and tense session.

LatinNews Daily - 24 October 2018

Development: On 23 October El Salvador’s President Salvador Sánchez Cerén tweeted that “to migrate is a human right...Our solidarity with the march” – a reference to the caravan of Honduran migrants which set off for the US ten days ago via Mexico and Guatemala.

LatinNews Daily - 23 October 2018

Development: On 22 October Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra vetoed a recently approved bill that would have seen former president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) released from jail and placed under house arrest.

LatinNews Daily - 22 October 2018

Development: On 20 October the presidents of Guatemala and Honduras, Jimmy Morales and Juan Orlando Hernández respectively, held a meeting in which they launched an initiative, ‘Plan Retorno Seguro’ ('Plan Safe Return'), as part of efforts to halt the caravan of Hondurans making their way to the US.

LatinNews Daily - 19 October 2018

Development: On 18 October, Brazil’s Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) filed a request to the country’s electoral court (TSE) for presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro, of the Partido Social Liberal (PSL), to be declared ineligible for a period of eight years.

LatinNews Daily - 18 October 2018

Development: On 17 October thousands of Haitians took to the streets across the country in anti-corruption protests.

LatinNews Daily - 17 October 2018

Development: On 16 October US President Donald Trump threatened to cut off financial aid to Central America's so-called ‘Northern Triangle’ (Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala) if their respective leaders fail to stop illegal migration.

LatinNews Daily - 16 October 2018

Development: On 15 October Peru’s attorney general Pedro Chávarry said that he is prepared to re-open the investigations into corruption in the awarding of the Chinchero airport contract.

LatinNews Daily - 15 October 2018

Development: On 14 October the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR), and the Organization of American States (OAS) signalled concern about a string of arrests of government protesters in Nicaragua.

LatinNews Daily - 12 October 2018

Development: On 11 October Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra criticised the actions of the opposition-controlled national congress and rejected the accusations made by opposition legislators that his government was preparing an institutional putsch against the legislature.

LatinNews Daily - 11 October 2018

Development: On 10 October the Argentine government led by President Mauricio Macri announced that it was reversing its recent decision to retroactively increase natural gas tariffs and that it would now assume the full costs of losses incurred by gas production and distribution firms resulting from the sharp devaluation of the peso rather than pass it on to consumers.

LatinNews Daily - 10 October 2018

Development: On 9 October, Brazil’s numerous political parties began announcing where their support will lie for the 28 October presidential run-off between Jair Bolsonaro of the Partido Social Liberal (PSL) and Fernando Haddad of the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT). 

LatinNews Daily - 09 October 2018

Development: On 8 October Venezuela’s attorney general’s office announced that Fernando Albán Salazar, a member of the political opposition, committed suicide at the headquarters of the national intelligence service (Sebin) where he was being held.

LatinNews Daily - 08 October 2018

Development: On 7 October, Brazil’s electoral court (TSE) released the results of the presidential election held that same day.

LatinNews Daily - 05 October 2018

Development: On 4 October, a final televised debate between presidential candidates marked the end of radio and TV campaigning for the first round of Brazil’s presidential election, to take place on 7 October.

LatinNews Daily - 04 October 2018

Development: On 3 October various legislators, the national ombudsman, and private sector lobbies condemned an attempted attack on Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado by protesters.

LatinNews Daily - 03 October 2018

Development: On 2 October El Salvador’s electoral authority (TSE) officially called the 3 February 2019 presidential election.

LatinNews Daily - 02 October 2018

Development: On 1 October Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera hailed the same-day ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague on Bolivia’s claim that Chile had a legal obligation to negotiate with it a sovereign access to the Pacific.

LatinNews Daily - 01 October 2018

Development: On 29 September, Brazilians took to the streets under the unifying cry of ‘ele não’ ('not him') to protest against Jair Bolsonaro of the Partido Social Liberal (PSL), the far-right candidate and frontrunner in the 7 October presidential election.

LatinNews Daily - 28 September 2018

Development: On 27 September the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approved a resolution calling for the Venezuelan government to accept humanitarian assistance to help alleviate the humanitarian emergency in the country resulting from the scarcity of food and basic goods.

LatinNews Daily - 27 September 2018

Development: On 26 September Argentina’s economy & finance minister, Nicolás Dujovne, announced that the Argentine government had reached an agreement over new terms for its Stand-By Agreement (SBA) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

LatinNews Daily - 26 September 2018

Development: On 25 September US President Donald Trump used his speech before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to call on the international community to do more to help “restore democracy in Venezuela” and undermine the “repressive regime” led by President Nicolás Maduro

LatinNews Daily - 25 September 2018

Development: On 24 September the Central de Trabajadores de la Argentina (CTA) umbrella worker’s union launched a 36-hour strike in Argentina in repudiation of the government’s economic policies.

LatinNews Daily - 24 September 2018

Development: On 23 September the Venezuelan government demanded explanations from its counterparts from Chile, Mexico, and Colombia over the allegations that they were implicated in a suspected assassination attempt targeting President Nicolás Maduro last month.

LatinNews Daily - 21 September 2018

Development: On 20 September Bolivia’s electoral authorities (TSE) announced that opposition organisation Soberanía y Libertad (Sol.bo) would not receive its credentials in order to run as a party in the October 2019 general election.

LatinNews Daily - 20 September 2018

Development: On 19 September the United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres said that he sees “no reason to change his existing position of support for Commissioner Iván Velásquez”, the head of the UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig).

LatinNews Daily - 19 September 2018

Development: On 18 September Costa Rica’s foreign trade minister Dyalá Jiménez told reporters that a planned visit by President Carlos Alvarado to the US to shore up investment had been postponed.

LatinNews Daily - 18 September 2018

Development: On 17 September the Guatemalan government led by President Jimmy Morales announced that it would not permit the re-entry to the country of Iván Velásquez, the director of the United Nations (UN)-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig).

LatinNews Daily - 17 September 2018

Development: On 16 September Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra ordered congress to hold an extraordinary session to debate his government’s proposed anti-corruption reforms as a ‘matter of confidence’ in his administration.

LatinNews Daily - 14 September 2018

Development: On 13 September the Costa Rican government led by President Carlos Alvarado announced it was establishing a commission to investigate acts of violence which took place the previous day at the public Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) campus in the capital, San José.

LatinNews Daily - 13 September 2018

Development: On 12 September thousands of campesinos took to the streets in Guatemala’s capital, Guatemala City, calling for President Jimmy Morales to resign and in support of the United Nations (UN)-backed International Commission agasint Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig).

LatinNews Daily - 12 September 2018

Development: On 11 September, Brazil’s leftist Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) officially announced that Fernando Haddad would take over from Lula da Silva (2003-2011), the imprisoned former president, as the party’s presidential candidate in the 7 October general election.

LatinNews Daily - 11 September 2018

Development: In an interview broadcast on 10 September, Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega explicitly ruled out any prospects of dialogue to address the crisis which began in mid-April stemming from his administration's crackdown on anti-government protesters.

LatinNews Daily - 10 September 2018

Development: On 9 September Venezuela’s foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, condemned as “totally unacceptable” the reports in US media that US government officials have secretly met with Venezuelan military officers to try to promote a coup d’état against the government led by President Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Daily - 07 September 2018

Development: On 6 September, Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, was rushed to hospital after being stabbed in the abdomen during a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais state.

LatinNews Daily - 06 September 2018

Development: On 5 September Colombia’s President Iván Duque said that his government will not continue the peace dialogue with the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) insurgent guerrillas until the ELN releases all of its hostages.

LatinNews Daily - 05 September 2018

Development: On 4 September Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales barred the re-entry into the country of Iván Velásquez, the director of the United Nations (UN)-backed International Commission against impunity in Guatemala (Cicig). Velásquez had left Guatemala on 2 September for meetings in the US.

LatinNews Daily - 04 September 2018

Development: On 3 September Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri announced that his government will be adopting a series of emergency economic measures and conducting a major ministerial reorganisation in a bid to resolve the country’s currency and market confidence crisis.

LatinNews Daily - 03 September 2018

Development: On 1 September, Brazil’s supreme electoral court (TSE) voted by six to one to bar former president, and Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) presidential candidate, Lula da Silva (2003-2011), from running in the 7 October general election.

LatinNews Daily - 31 August 2018

Development: On 30 August hundreds of people took to the streets in Honduras’s capital, Tegucigalpa, demanding the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernández.

LatinNews Daily - 30 August 2018

Development: On 29 August Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri announced that his government has asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to give it a new advance of the US$50bn credit line it secured with the organisation to help restore market confidence in the Argentine economy.

LatinNews Daily - 29 August 2018

Development: On 28 August Honduras’s attorney general’s office (AG) ordered the seizure of assets belonging to members of the ruling Partido Nacional (PN) and traditional opposition Partido Liberal (PL), including both parties’ headquarters.

LatinNews Daily - 28 August 2018

Development: On 27 August Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that his government had reached an agreement with the US administration led by Donald Trump over new terms for the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).

LatinNews Daily - 24 August 2018

Development: On 23 August President Lenín Moreno announced Ecuador’s withdrawal from the Venezuela-led leftist bloc Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América (Alba).

LatinNews Daily - 23 August 2018

Development: On 22 August Guatemala’s supreme court (CSJ) approved the request put forward on 10 August by the attorney general’s office (AG) and the United Nations-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig) for President Jimmy Morales to be stripped of his immunity from prosecution to be investigated for illegal campaign financing.

LatinNews Daily - 22 August 2018

Development: On 21 August thousands of people took part in demonstrations across Argentina calling for former president (2007-2015) and incumbent federal senator Cristina Fernández to be stripped of her congressional immunity and face prosecution for the gross corruption charges levelled against her.

LatinNews Daily - 21 August 2018

Development: On 21 August El Salvador’s President Salvador Sánchez Cerén announced that his country had severed ties with Taiwan, establishing diplomatic relations with mainland China.

LatinNews Daily - 20 August 2018

Development: On 17 August Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro presented a series of tax reforms designed to haul the country out of a deep economic mire.

LatinNews Daily - 17 August 2018

Development: On 16 August, one day after the deadline to register candidacies with the electoral court (TSE), campaigning in the streets and online began for Brazil’s 7 October general election, described as the country’s most uncertain in recent history.

LatinNews Daily - 16 August 2018

Development: On 15 August, following his formal inauguration as Paraguay’s new president, Mario Abdo Benítez said that his government will seek to build an independent justice system to “end impunity”.

LatinNews Daily - 15 August 2018

Development: On 14 August Panama’s attorney general Kenia Porcell called on the interim president of the supreme court (CSJ) Hernán De León to file a formal complaint regarding claims that he had been blackmailed.

LatinNews Daily - 14 August 2018

Development: On 13 August Walter Araujo, a founder of El Salvador's main right-wing opposition party Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena), presented a request before the electoral authorities (TSE) calling for the party to be cancelled.

LatinNews Daily - 13 August 2018

Development: On 10 August Guatemala’s attorney general’s office (AG) and the United Nations (UN)-backed anti-impunity commission in Guatemala (Cicig) presented the supreme court (CSJ) with a request for President Jimmy Morales and national opposition legislator Nineth Montenegro to be stripped of their immunity from prosecution in order to be investigated.

LatinNews Daily - 10 August 2018

Development: On 9 August the leading presidential candidates in Brazil’s 7 October general election took part in a first televised debate ahead of the polls.

LatinNews Daily - 09 August 2018

Development: On 8 August Argentina’s federal senate voted against giving final congressional approval to a bill that sought to decriminalise abortion in the country.

LatinNews Daily - 08 August 2018

Development: On 7 August during his inauguration speech, Colombia’s President Iván Duque outlined what would be the main priorities of his new administration, placing significant emphasis on promoting a political reform aimed at resolving the country’s polarisation and improving public security by focusing more efforts on combating organised crime.

LatinNews Daily - 07 August 2018

Development: On 6 August Jordán Rodas, the head of Guatemala’s human rights ombudsman’s office, announced he would open an investigation into possible acts of spying on the part of government.

LatinNews Daily - 06 August 2018

Development: On 5 August Venezuela’s armed forces (FANB) issued a statement declaring its “unrestricted loyalty” to President Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Daily - 03 August 2018

Development: In an extraordinary session on 2 August, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a resolution to create a working group on Nicaragua to “contribute to peaceful and sustainable solutions”.

LatinNews Daily - 02 August 2018

Development: On 1 August Gustavo Bell, the Colombian government’s chief negotiator in the peace negotiations with the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) leftist guerrillas, announced the conclusion of the talks’ sixth negotiation round, in which he said that progress had been made but that an agreement extending the current bilateral ceasefire could not be reached.

LatinNews Daily - 01 August 2018

Development: On 31 July the Centre for Justice and International Law (Cejil), a regional NGO, published a statement warning of a grave human rights crisis in Honduras.

LatinNews Daily - 31 July 2018

Development: On 30 July Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega presented a formal complaint before the Organization of American States (OAS), accusing it of seeking to interfere in his country's domestic affairs.

LatinNews Daily - 30 July 2018

Development: On 28 July Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra closed his first Independence Day speech by proposing to hold a national referendum on a series of changes to the judicial and political system aimed at stamping out corruption.

LatinNews Daily - 27 July 2018

Development: On 26 July thousands of people took part in a protest march in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, in rejection of the two recent decrees issued by President Mauricio Macri aimed at reforming the role of the armed forces by assigning them more public security duties.

LatinNews Daily - 26 July 2018

Development: On 25 July the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega announced that four people had been arrested under new anti-terrorism legislation.

LatinNews Daily - 25 July 2018

Development: On 24 July Álvaro Uribe, Colombia’s former president (2002-2010) and recently re-elected senator, announced on Twitter that he would be resigning from his senate seat with immediate effect to fight off the criminal allegations levelled against him by Colombia’s supreme court.

LatinNews Daily - 24 July 2018

Development: On 23 July a Honduran judge ordered 19 people to be imprisoned on a preventative basis, including three national legislators, an alternate legislator, and a deputy minister, while they await trial for corruption charges.

LatinNews Daily - 23 July 2018

Development: On 21 July Cuba’s national assembly approved a new council of ministers as proposed by President Miguel Díaz-Canel.

LatinNews Daily - 20 July 2018

Development: On 19 July the heads of Peru’s judiciary and of the national council of magistrates (CNM), respectively Duberlí Rodríguez and Orlando Velásquez, tendered their resignations.  

LatinNews Daily - 19 July 2018

Development: On 18 July the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a resolution which condemned the acts of violence in Nicaragua; called on all parts to participate “actively and in good faith” in a national dialogue; and urged the government led by President Daniel Ortega “to support an electoral calendar”.

LatinNews Daily - 18 July 2018

Development: On 17 July the prominent Mexican peace activist, Javier Sicilia, urged the incoming government led by President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador not to turn its pledge to pacify the country into “a show” and to expediently work to reduce violence in the country.

LatinNews Daily - 17 July 2018

Development: On 16 July United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres condemned “the ongoing violence against civilians, including against students, in Nicaragua”.

LatinNews Daily - 16 July 2018

Development: On 14 July Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant and his 18-member cabinet.

LatinNews Daily - 13 July 2018

Development: In a press briefing on 12 July, Gerry Rice, spokesperson for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said that Haitian authorities were working on a revised reform plan which, the IMF believes, would still include a lowering of petrol fuel subsidies, albeit in stages.

LatinNews Daily - 12 July 2018

Development: On 11 July Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra announced that his government would launch an urgent reform of the national justice system.

LatinNews Daily - 11 July 2018

Development: On 10 July, various members of Chile’s political opposition presented a petition to the supreme court to remove attorney general (AG) Jorge Abbott for “manifest negligence in carrying out his functions”.

LatinNews Daily - 10 July 2018

Development: On 9 July, Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra called upon congress to investigate and ultimately remove senior members of the judiciary found to have committed grave misdemeanours, after audio recordings emerged of judges offering to sell their influence.

LatinNews Daily - 09 July 2018

Development: On 8 July, a series of frantic legal battles over the release of Lula da Silva ended as it had begun, with Brazil’s former president (2003-2011) still in prison.

LatinNews Daily - 06 July 2018

Development: On 5 July, President Juan Manuel Santos called upon Colombia’s security forces to respond to an escalating wave of violence against social and community leaders, four of whom have been murdered in recent days.

LatinNews Daily - 05 July 2018

Development: On 4 July, an Associated Press report citing anonymous sources claimed that on several occasions last year US President Donald Trump met then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H.R.

LatinNews Daily - 04 July 2018

Development: On 3 July Mexico’s presidential victor Andrés Manuel López Obrador held a meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto in the national palace to discuss the five-month transition period.

LatinNews Daily - 03 July 2018

Development: On 2 July the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced the establishment of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) in Nicaragua.

LatinNews Daily - 02 July 2018

Development: On 1 July, three of the four presidential candidates running in Mexico’s general election held that day conceded defeat and recognised Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the leftist Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party as the winner of the presidential election.

LatinNews Daily - 29 June 2018

Development: On 28 June Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, the head of Mexico’s national electoral institute (INE), said that the electoral authorities are fully prepared for the 1 July general election, which will be the most observed and closely monitored in the country’s history.

LatinNews Daily - 28 June 2018

Development: On 27 June Colombia’s national senate approved a bill outlining the procedural regulations for the transitional justice system (JEP) created by the peace accord that the Colombian government signed with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) leftist guerrillas in 2016, which includes two amendments introduced by the right-wing Centro Democrático (CD, Uribistas) party.

LatinNews Daily - 27 June 2018

Development: On 26 June Mexico’s national electoral institute (INE) and the federal electoral tribunal (TEJPF) called on all candidates taking part in the 1 July general election and the general public to accept the results of the vote whatever they may turn out to be.

LatinNews Daily - 26 June 2018

Development: On 25 June thousands of workers adhered to the 24-hour general strike called by the Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT) umbrella workers’ union in repudiation of the economic policies pursued by the government led by President Mauricio Macri.

LatinNews Daily - 25 June 2018

Development: On 23 June, Nicaragua’s Catholic Episcopal Conference (CEN), which is mediating the national dialogue between the government led by President Daniel Ortega and opposition groups led by the protest group Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y Democracia, urged the president to bring forward the next general election from 2021 to 2019.

LatinNews Daily - 22 June 2018

Development: On 21 June, Colombia’s outgoing president, Juan Manuel Santos, met with his elected successor, Iván Duque, at the Casa de Nariño presidential palace to discuss the government transition process ahead of Duque’s formal inauguration scheduled for 7 August.

LatinNews Daily - 21 June 2018

Development: On 20 June the index provider MSCI upgraded Argentina from the status of frontier market to emerging market.

LatinNews Daily - 20 June 2018

Development: On 19 June, Mexico’s foreign minister, Luis Videgaray Caso, condemned the new US policy of separating irregular migrant children from their parents as “inhumane and cruel” and called on the US to fully respect children and migrant rights

LatinNews Daily - 19 June 2018

Development: On 18 June, leaders from Nicaragua’s Masaya city, the capital of the eponymous department, announced that they no longer recognise the leadership of President Daniel Ortega and that they intend to set up a commission to self-govern the city.

LatinNews Daily - 18 June 2018

Development: On 17 June, Colombia’s electoral authorities (Registraduría) declared Iván Duque, the presidential candidate of the right-wing opposition Centro Democrático (CD) party, as the virtual winner of the presidential run-off election held on the same day.

LatinNews Daily - 15 June 2018

Development: On 14 June various civil-society groups formally expressed their support for one of the two candidates taking part in Colombia's 17 June second-round presidential run-off election.

LatinNews Daily - 14 June 2018

Development: On 13 June Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega announced that he would resume the national dialogue on 15 June with the opposition movement Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (which includes students, civil-society groups, and the private sector).

LatinNews Daily - 13 June 2018

Development: On 12 June, Mexico’s four presidential candidates participated in the third and final official televised debate ahead of election day on 1 July. 

LatinNews Daily - 12 June 2018

Development: On 11 June a 24-hour general strike took place in León, Nicaragua’s second city (and capital of the eponymous department).

LatinNews Daily - 11 June 2018

Development: On 9 June, thousands of Guatemalans took to the streets in the capital, Guatemala City, calling for President Jimmy Morales to resign.

LatinNews Daily - 08 June 2018

Development: On 7 June the Argentine government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that they had reached new Stand-By agreement under which the IMF will provide Argentina with a US$50bn credit line.

LatinNews Daily - 07 June 2018

Development: On 6 June the local press reported that US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) had sent a bi-party bicameral letter to US President Donald Trump urging the US administration to make additional designations in line with the Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

LatinNews Daily - 06 June 2018

Development: On 5 June, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a resolution that does not recognise the result of the 20 May presidential election staged by the Venezuelan government led by President Nicolás Maduro

LatinNews Daily - 05 June 2018

Development: On 4 June, Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra announced that he had accepted the resignation of his economy & finance minister, David Tuesta.

LatinNews Daily - 04 June 2018

Development: On 1 June, Brazil's President Michel Temer appointed Ivan Monteiro as the new head of state-owned oil company Petrobras.

LatinNews Daily - 01 June 2018

Development: On 31 May, Mexico’s economy ministry (SE) announced that it would be adopting retaliatory measures and imposing tariffs on a range of US import products after the US government confirmed that it would be imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Mexico, Canada, and the European Union (EU).

LatinNews Daily - 31 May 2018

Development: On 30 May, oil workers’ union the Federação Única dos Petroleiros (FUP) organised a three-day strike.

LatinNews Daily - 30 May 2018

Development: On 29 May, the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, issued a statement via Twitter in which he declared that a report compiled by a panel of independent international experts outlining evidence of human rights abuses committed in Venezuela would be submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague for consideration.

LatinNews Daily - 29 May 2018

Development: On 27 May, Colombia’s electoral authorities released the full preliminary vote count of the first-round presidential election held that day, in which no candidate obtained the requisite 50%+1 of the vote to secure an outright victory.

LatinNews Daily - 25 May 2018

Development: On 24 May, the five main candidates running in Colombia’s 27 May first-round presidential election took part in a final debate.

LatinNews Daily - 24 May 2018

Development: On 23 May the bishops from Nicaragua’s catholic episcopal conference (CEN) announced the “indefinite suspension” of the national dialogue which it is mediating between the government led by President Daniel Ortega and the opposition Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia which includes students, civil-society groups, and the private sector.

LatinNews Daily - 23 May 2018

Development: On 22 May, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro declared the US Chargé d’Affaires in Venezuela as persona non grata and ordered him to leave the country.

LatinNews Daily - 22 May 2018

Development: On 21 May, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) released preliminary findings from its visit to Nicaragua which began on 17 May.

LatinNews Daily - 21 May 2018

Development: On 20 May, Venezuela’s national electoral council (CNE) declared President Nicolás Maduro the winner of the presidential election held the same day.

LatinNews Daily - 18 May 2018

Development: On 17 May the president of Venezuela’s national electoral council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, said that she is convinced that the results of the upcoming 20 May presidential election convened by the government led by President Nicolás Maduro will be recognised by the international community.

LatinNews Daily - 17 May 2018

Development: On 16 May Margarita Zavala, an independent presidential candidate in Mexico’s 1 July general election, announced that she was withdrawing her candidacy.

LatinNews Daily - 16 May 2018

Development: On 15 May clashes between national police (PNN) agents and anti-government protesters which took place in Nicaragua’s northern department of Matagalpa left one person dead and at least 40 injured on local press reports.

LatinNews Daily - 15 May 2018

Development: On 14 May the Lima Group of 14 American countries that are monitoring Venezuela’s political crisis issued a new joint statement issuing a “final call” on the Venezuelan government led by President Nicolás Maduro to suspend the presidential election it has convened for 20 May.

LatinNews Daily - 14 May 2018

Development: On 12 May Nicaragua’s military issued a statement condemning the ongoing violence which began last month amid a brutal crackdown by the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by President Daniel Ortega against anti-government protesters.

LatinNews Daily - 11 May 2018

Development: On 10 May United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, described as “alarming” the murders of two indigenous activists in Guatemala in the last two days.

LatinNews Daily - 10 May 2018

Development: On 9 May opposition legislators in Argentina’s federal chamber of deputies criticised the decision by the government led by President Mauricio Macri to negotiate the establishment of a new contingency credit line with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and demanded that any deal be debated by congress.

LatinNews Daily - 09 May 2018

Development: On 8 May Edita Hrda, the European Union’s (EU) Managing Director for the Americas at the European External Action Service (EEAS) tweeted that for “dialogue to succeed, a credible independent investigation should be held into the recent deaths and injuries” which occurred during the recent crackdown by the Nicaraguan government on anti-government protesters.

LatinNews Daily - 08 May 2018

Development: On 7 May the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, called on OAS member countries to impose economic sanctions on Venezuela to end the “dictatorship” led by President Nicolás Maduro and “rescue” the Venezuelan people.

LatinNews Daily - 04 May 2018

Development: On 3 May the president of Venezuela’s national electoral council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, rejected the call issued by the European Parliament (EP) for the country to suspend the 20 May presidential election called by the government led by President Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Daily - 03 May 2018

Development: On 2 May hundreds of anti-riot police (PNN) officers blocked student protesters from reaching certain parts of Nicaragua’s capital, Managua.

LatinNews Daily - 02 May 2018

Development: On 1 May, thousands of protesters campaigned to free Brazil's jailed former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011) from the leftist Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) on International Labour Day.

LatinNews Daily - 01 May 2018

Development: On 30 April, the Dominican Republic (DR)’s government led by President Danilo Medina announced it had established diplomatic relations with mainland China and severed ties with Taiwan after 77 years.

LatinNews Daily - 30 April 2018

Development: On 29 April, Nicaragua’s 92-member unicameral national legislature created a truth commission to investigate the deaths which took place during the recent brutal government crackdown on anti-government protests.

LatinNews Daily - 27 April 2018

Development: On 26 April, Luis Alejandro Ratti, one of the four presidential candidates standing against Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro in the 20 May presidential election organised by the Maduro government, called on the national electoral council (CNE) to offer full guarantees for the process.

LatinNews Daily - 26 April 2018

Development: On 25 April Ecuador’s attorney general’s office announced that it had opened a formal investigation into allegations that the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas provided illegal campaign financing for Ecuador’s former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017).

LatinNews Daily - 25 April 2018

Development: On 24 April, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced that it will formally request the consent of the Nicaraguan government to carry out a working visit to the country.

LatinNews Daily - 24 April 2018

Development: On 23 April, Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales accused the attorney general’s office (AG) and the United Nations-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig) of carrying out an illegal raid on his presidential palace.

LatinNews Daily - 23 April 2018

Development: On 22 April, Paraguay’s electoral authorities (TSJE) declared Mario ‘Marito’ Abdo Benítez, the candidate of the ruling Asociación Nacional Republicana-Partido Colorado (ANR-PC), as the virtual winner of the presidential election held on the same day.

LatinNews Daily - 20 April 2018

Development: On 19 April the official campaigning period ahead of Paraguay’s 22 April general election closed with the two main presidential candidates holding large campaign closing rallies.

LatinNews Daily - 19 April 2018

Development: On 18 April Cuba’s national assembly (ANPP) approved the candidacy of Vice President Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel as the new president of Cuba to replace Raúl Castro.

LatinNews Daily - 18 April 2018

Development: On 17 April, the Panamanian government led by President Juan Carlos Varela said that it would do all that is necessary to maintain public order.

LatinNews Daily - 17 April 2018

Development: On 16 April, Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno gave ‘Guacho’ (Walter Patricio Artízala Vernaza), the leader of a Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) dissident guerrilla group, 10 days to turn himself in to the authorities or face the prospect of renewed military actions by the Ecuadorean and Colombian armed forces.

LatinNews Daily - 16 April 2018

Development: In a popular referendum held on 15 April, Guatemalans voted overwhelmingly to ask the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague to rule on a territorial dispute with Belize.

LatinNews Daily - 13 April 2018

Development: On 12 April, Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales called for Guatemalans to vote in a popular referendum on 15 April on whether the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague should rule on Guatemala’s territorial dispute with Belize.

LatinNews Daily - 12 April 2018

Development: On 11 April Paraguay’s supreme court (CSJ) dismissed a constitutional complaint filed by the political opposition that sought to stop President Horacio Cartes from being allowed to run for a senate seat in the 22 April general election.

LatinNews Daily - 11 April 2018

Development: On 10 April, hundreds of sympathisers of Ecuador’s former president, Rafael Correa (2007-2017), staged a protest march in Quito in defence of the Correa administration’s political legacy and in rejection of the incumbent government led by President Lenín Moreno.

LatinNews Daily - 10 April 2018

Development: On 9 April, Colombia’s attorney general’s office announced the arrest of the former Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) leader, ‘Jesús Santrich’ (Seuxis Pauxias Hernández Solarte), on drug trafficking charges filed by the US. 

LatinNews Daily - 09 April 2018

Development: On 7 April, members of Brazil’s largest trade union, the Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT), camped out in Curitiba,Paraná state, where former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011) is serving out his 12-year,1-month jail sentence.

LatinNews Daily - 06 April 2018

Development: On 5 April, the Panamanian government led by President Juan Carlos Varela withdrew its ambassador to Venezuela, Miguel Mejía, and asked the Venezuelan government to do the same with its ambassador to Panama, Jorge Durán Centeno.

LatinNews Daily - 05 April 2018

Development: During the early hours of 5 April, the majority of Brazil's supreme court (STF) justices rejected former president Lula da Silva’s (2003-2011) plea to remain a free man while he appeals a corruption conviction.

LatinNews Daily - 04 April 2018

Development: On 3 April, the Ecuadorean government rejected the release by the Colombian media of a proof-of-life video of three recently kidnapped Ecuadoran journalists and called on the Colombian government to do more to find the journalists.

LatinNews Daily - 03 April 2018

Development: On 2 April, Costa Rica’s president-elect Carlos Alvarado Quesada, of the ruling centre-left Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC), reiterated his call for national unity.

LatinNews Daily - 29 March 2018

Development: On 28 March the presidential run-off candidate of Costa Rica's small, conservative Partido Restauración Nacional (PRN), Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz, presented the latest version of his manifesto.

LatinNews Daily - 28 March 2018

Development: On 27 March, the Ecuadorean government confirmed that two journalists from national daily El Comercio, and their driver, had been kidnapped the previous day in Esmeraldas province, on the borders with Colombia.

LatinNews Daily - 27 March 2018

Development: On 26 March, the São Paulo stock exchange rose on increased odds that Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles could be running for the presidency in Brazil's October general election.

LatinNews Daily - 26 March 2018

Development: On 24 March, Costa Rica's two presidential run-off candidates Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz, of the small conservative Partido Restauración Nacional (PRN), and Carlos Alvarado Quesada, of the ruling centre-left Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC), closed their campaigns ahead of the 1 April run-off vote.

LatinNews Daily - 23 March 2018

Development: On 22 March Costa Rica’s leading national daily La Nación reported that the small conservative Partido Restauración Nacional (RN), the party of presidential run-off candidate Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz, had failed to present its reports on campaign financing on time.

LatinNews Daily - 22 March 2018

Development: On 21 March Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski gave a nationally televised address in which he announced that he had decided to tender his formal resignation to the national congress.

LatinNews Daily - 21 March 2018

Development: On 20 March, Peru’s main right-wing opposition party, Fuerza Popular (FP, Fujimoristas), released a series of videos in which Kenji Fujimori, its former deputy, appears to offer bribes to FP legislators so that they will vote against the impeachment of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

LatinNews Daily - 20 March 2018

Development: On 19 March, El Salvador’s President Salvador Sánchez Cerén made some changes to his cabinet.

LatinNews Daily - 19 March 2018

Development: On 17 March, Paraguay’s political opposition and civil-society groups expressed their repudiation of a new constitutional reform bill approved by the national congress, which seeks to make it more difficult for national legislators to be impeached. 

LatinNews Daily - 16 March 2018

Development: On 15 March, Peru’s unicameral national congress approved a motion to subject President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to a new impeachment trial by the legislature over his moral incapacity to govern as a result of his links to Brazilian engineering firm, Odebrecht.

LatinNews Daily - 15 March 2018

Development: On 14 March Ecuador’s unicameral national assembly elected Deputy Elizabeth Cabezas of the ruling Alianza País (AP) party as its new president.

LatinNews Daily - 14 March 2018

Development: On 13 March officers from Venezuela’s intelligence service (Sebin) arrested former interior minister (Ret) Major General Miguel Rodríguez Torres (2013-2014), while he held a political rally in Caracas.

LatinNews Daily - 13 March 2018

Development: On 12 March, the permanent coordinator of the United Nations (UN) in Honduras, Igor Garafulic, said that there was “will to dialogue” to overcome the continued political crisis stemming from Honduras's 26 November 2017 general election, which produced a contentious victory for President Juan Orlando Hernández.

LatinNews Daily - 12 March 2018

Development: The preliminary results from Colombia’s national legislative elections held on 11 March show that the right-wing opposition Centro Democrático (CD) party looks set to become the largest single party in the new national congress.

LatinNews Daily - 09 March 2018

Development: On 8 March, the Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común (Farc) political party announced that its presidential candidate, the former guerrilla group’s main leader ‘Timochenko’ (Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri), would be withdrawing from the election due to health concerns, and would not be replaced.

LatinNews Daily - 08 March 2018

Development: On 7 March, hundreds of people protested against a bill that seeks to decriminalise abortion, which is pending debate in Argentina's federal congress and should be put to the floor within weeks.

LatinNews Daily - 07 March 2018

Development: On 6 March, at a gathering in the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) of political opponents to the government led by President Nicolás Maduro, it was announced that representatives of healthcare, oil, academic, student, and business sectors have all agreed to put aside their differences and work together as a national unit to “rescue democracy”.

LatinNews Daily - 06 March 2018

Development: On 5 March, the negotiating teams from Mexico, Canada, and the US announced the conclusion of the seventh round of the renegotiation of the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) held in Mexico City from 25 February.

LatinNews Daily - 05 March 2018

Development: Preliminary results released by El Salvador’s electoral authorities (TSE) show that the right-wing opposition Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena) party scored significant victories in the 4 March election for the 84-member unicameral national legislature and the country’s 262 mayoralties.

LatinNews Daily - 02 March 2018

Development: On 1 March, the head of Venezuela’s national electoral council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, announced that presidential elections would be put back to 20 May.

LatinNews Daily - 01 March 2018

Development: On 28 February Peruvian political leaders including President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Prime Minister Mercedes Aráoz were compelled to publicly deny allegations that they received illegal electoral campaign financing from Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht.

LatinNews Daily - 28 February 2018

Development: On 27 February, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro and five other candidates formally registered their candidacies before the national electoral council (CNE) for the 22 April presidential election. 

LatinNews Daily - 27 February 2018

Development: On 26 February, Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno ordered a full investigation into a leaked audio recording in which Deputy José Serrano, the president of the national assembly, allegedly conspired to dismiss the attorney general, Carlos Baca Manchena.

LatinNews Daily - 26 February 2018

Development: On 25 February, El Salvador’s two main political parties, the left-wing ruling Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) and right-wing opposition Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena), closed their campaigns ahead of the 4 March legislative and municipal elections.

LatinNews Daily - 23 February 2018

Development: During an event in São Paulo to commemorate 38 years of the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), leaders discussed the future of the Left ahead of this year’s general election.

LatinNews Daily - 22 February 2018

Development: On 21 February an estimated 85,000 people took part in a march in central Buenos Aires organised by Hugo Moyano, arguably Argentina’s most powerful trade union leader of the last 30 years, against the government led by President Mauricio Macri.

LatinNews Daily - 21 February 2018

Development: On 20 February, the Venezuelan government completed the long-awaited launch of its cryptocurrency, the petro, backed by the country’s oil reserves.

LatinNews Daily - 20 February 2018

Development: Three presidential aspirants met the deadline of 19 February to register as independent candidates for Mexico’s elections on 1 July.

LatinNews Daily - 19 February 2018

Development: Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos claimed on 18 February that a member of the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) who died placing an explosive on a road during the guerrilla group’s recent four-day ‘armed strike’ belonged to Venezuela’s Bolivarian national guard (GNB).

Latinnews Daily - 16 February 2018

Development: On 15 February, Juan Jiménez Mayor resigned as head of the Organization of American States (OAS)-sponsored Mission for Support against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (Maccih).

Latinnews Daily - 15 February 2018

Development: On 14 February the head of Guatemala’s health ministry (MSPAS), Carlos Soto, said that his ministry had ended an agreement signed with the United Nations (UN)-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig), the attorney general’s office (AG), and comptroller general’s office (CGC).

Latinnews Daily - 14 February 2018

Development: On 13 February, Guatemala’s former president Alvaro Colom (2008-2012) and 10 former ministers in his Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) goverment, including the chairman of NGO Oxfam International, Juan Alberto Fuentes, were arrested over allegations of fraud and embezzlement.

Latinnews Daily - 13 February 2018

Development: On 12 February, El Salvador’s Justice & Public Security Minister Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde said that, so far, no particular criminal group had been identified as being responsible for a car bomb that went off the previous day in Santa Tecla municipality, La Libertad department.

Latinnews Daily - 12 February 2018

Development: On 10 February, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said that it would be “very difficult” for his government to resume the formal peace dialogue with the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrillas.

Latinnews Daily - 09 February 2018

Development: On 8 February, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos announced that his government will implement new tougher immigration controls to try to stem the flow of migrants from Venezuela seeking humanitarian relief in Colombia.

Latinnews Daily - 08 February 2018

Development: On 7 February Nicaragua’s 92-member unicameral national legislature approved a legislative initiative proposed by the ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) party, which significantly reduces the powers of the president of the electoral authority (CSE), Roberto Rivas.

Latinnews Daily - 07 February 2018

Development: On 6 February, in a joint press conference alongside Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised the Santos government’s efforts to help restore democracy in Venezuela and bring about free elections and added that he had spoken at length with Santos about how the US could work with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Lima Group to intervene in favour of restoring democracy in Venezuela.

Latinnews Daily - 06 February 2018

Development: On 5 February, Honduras’s President Juan Orlando Hernández said that the arrival of an exploratory mission from the United Nations (UN) would provide the basis for a way out to the country's current political crisis.

Latinnews Daily - 05 February 2018

Development: On 4 February Costa Rica’s electoral court (TSE) released the preliminary results from the general election held that same day, which point to a presidential run-off between evangelical pastor Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz, of the small conservative opposition Restauración Nacional (RN), and Carlos Alvarado Quesada of the leftist ruling Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC).

Latinnews Daily - 02 February 2018

Development: On 1 February, the Costa Rican chamber of exporters (Cadexco) urged the public to vote in a “responsible and informed manner” in the 4 February general election.

Latinnews Daily - 01 February 2018

Development: On 31 January Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno condemned the aggression to which his predecessor, Rafael Correa (2007-2017), had been subjected while campaigning in favour of the ‘no’ vote in the national plebiscite on seven major political and economic reforms proposed by Moreno, scheduled to take place on 4 February.

Latinnews Daily - 31 January 2018

Development: On 30 January, the disciplinary committee of Peru’s main right-wing opposition Fuerza Popular (FP, Fujimoristas) party recommended the expulsion from the party of Kenji Fujimori and two other FP national deputies. 

Latinnews Daily - 30 January 2018

Development: On 29 January, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos announced the definite suspension of the peace dialogue that his government has been holding with the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrillas.

Latinnews Daily - 26 January 2018

Development: On 25 January, Iván Velásquez, the head of the United Nations-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig), and Attorney General Thelma Aldana revealed a new corruption scandal involving the tax authorities (SAT).

Latinnews Daily - 25 January 2018

Development: On 24 January, judges at appeals court TRF-4 voted unanimously voted to uphold a conviction against Brazil’s former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011), from the leftist Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), for money laundering and corruption.

Latinnews Daily - 24 January 2018

Development: On 23 January, Chile's president-elect Sebastián Piñera, of the opposition Chile Vamos coalition, unveiled his 23-member cabinet.

Latinnews Daily - 23 January 2018

Development: On 22 January, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro said that his government will not “kneel before the immoral sanctions” imposed on its officials by the European Union (EU).

Latinnews Daily - 22 January 2018

Development: On 21 January, hundreds of people protested in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, outside the congress building as national deputies re-elected Mauricio Oliva of the ruling Partido Nacional (PN) as president of the 128-member unicameral congress.

Latinnews Daily - 19 January 2018

Development: On 18 January Venezuela’s main opposition coalition, Mesa de le Unidad Democrática (MUD), announced it was suspending its participation in the internationally-sponsored dialogue that is has been holding with the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) government led by President Nicolás Maduro to try to find a solution to the country’s political crisis.

Latinnews Daily - 18 January 2018

Development: On 17 January Costa Rica’s association of journalists (Colper) issued a statement strongly condemning remarks made by presidential candidate Juan Diego Castro, of the small opposition Partido Integración Nacional (PIN) party, against leading national daily La Nación.

Latinnews Daily - 17 January 2018

Development: On 16 January Ecuador’s former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017) and various politicians from the ruling Alianza País (AP) party formally quit the AP and announced the creation of new political party dubbed Revolución Ciudadana (RC).

Latinnews Daily - 16 January 2018

Development: On 15 January, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro said that he wants to compete with the political opposition in the presidential election due this year, and he predicted that the ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) party will once again “be victorious in 2018”.

Latinnews Daily - 15 January 2018

Development: On 14 January, security officials from Guatemala’s military, the national police (PNC), and state security service (SAAS) fired tear gas at demonstrators in the capital, Guatemala City, who were calling for President Jimmy Morales to resign.

Latinnews Daily - 12 January 2018

Development: On 11 January, the value of the Mexican peso against the US dollar fell sharply in currency markets in Mexico amid growing speculation that US President Donald Trump is preparing to announce the US’s withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).

Latinnews Daily - 11 January 2018

Development: On 10 January Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the suspension of the fifth round of the peace dialogue that his government has been holding with the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) insurgent guerrillas in Quito, Ecuador; recalling the government peace negotiating team to Colombia.

Latinnews Daily - 10 January 2018

Development: On 9 January, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos announced that the fifth round of the peace dialogue that his government has been holding with the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) insurgent guerrillas in Quito, Ecuador, would begin today (10 January).

Latinnews Daily - 09 January 2018

Development: On 8 January, the US government led by President Donald Trump announced it was terminating the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador as of 9 September 2019.

Latinnews Daily - 08 January 2018

Development: On 6 January thousands of people took to the streets in San Pedro Sula, Honduras’s second main city and industrial hub, in protest at President Juan Orlando Hernández’s 26 November 2017 re-election victory.

Latinnews Daily - 05 January 2018

Development: On 4 January, Bolivia's President Evo Morales announced that he would call on the national legislature to repeal two articles (205 and 137) of the recently approved criminal code which is scheduled to take effect in June 2019.

Latinnews Daily - 04 January 2018

Development: On 3 January Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno declared the post of vice president vacant and announced that he will now send a shortlist of nominees to the unicameral national assembly so that it can elect a new vice president.

Latinnews Daily - 03 January 2018

Development: On 2 January Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Sabino, the archbishop of Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, urged the Venezuelan government led by President Nicolás Maduro to solve the “social emergency” in the country and to ensure the staging of a “clean” general election due to be held this year.

Latinnews Daily - 02 January 2018

Development: On 30 December 2017, Peru’s attorney general Pablo Sánchez denied any responsibility for the leaking of an audio recording of testimony given to Peruvian prosecutors by Marcelo Odebrecht implicating Peruvian political leaders in the corruption scheme centred around the Brazilian engineering firm, Odebrecht.