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LatinNews Daily - 22 February 2019

On 21 February, General Hugo ‘Pollo’ Carvajal, Venezuela’s former head of military counterintelligence (2004-2011) and current national deputy for the ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV), publicly denounced Nicolás Maduro for usurping the presidency and recognised the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, as the country’s legitimate interim president.

LatinNews Daily - 21 February 2019

On 20 February a debate took place between Panama’s seven presidential candidates organised by the electoral authorities (TE).

LatinNews Daily - 20 February 2019

On 19 February, Venezuela’s de facto president, Nicolás Maduro, challenged the self-proclaimed and internationally recognised interim president, Juan Guaidó, to call a presidential election so that he can defeat him in the polls.

LatinNews Daily - 19 February 2019

On 18 February, Brazil’s presidential spokesperson Otávio do Rêgo Barros confirmed that Gustavo Bebianno was being dismissed from his position as secretary-general to the presidency in President Jair Bolsonaro’s government.

LatinNews Daily - 18 February 2019

On 16 February, the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega met a group of private sector representatives along with Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano, Archbishop of Managua, and Bishop Waldemar Stanisław Sommertag, Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua.

LatinNews Daily - 15 February 2019

On 14 February, Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse gave his first speech since the mass protests calling for his resignation began a week ago.

LatinNews Daily - 14 February 2019

On 13 February, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said that Gustavo Bebianno, the minister of the secretary-general to the presidency, would be dismissed if he was found to be guilty of embezzling funds from the president’s Partido Social Liberal (PSL) during last year’s election campaign.

LatinNews Daily - 13 February 2019

On 12 February, tens of thousands of people took part in a protest march in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, called by the self-proclaimed and internationally recognised interim president Juan Guaidó, to demand that the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro allow the entry into the country of international humanitarian aid and for Maduro to abandon power.

LatinNews Daily - 12 February 2019

On 11 February, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador criticised the electricity sector and its contractual relationship with the government.

LatinNews Daily - 11 February 2019

On 10 February the Core Group (comprising the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General, the ambassadors of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, the European Union, the US, and the Special Representative of the Organization of American States) called on Haiti’s political leaders to engage in dialogue.

LatinNews Daily - 08 February 2019

On 7 February, thousands of people took to the streets in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince and across the country, calling for President Jovenel Moïse to resign.

LatinNews Daily - 07 February 2019

On 6 February, Juan Francisco Sandoval, a prosecutor from Guatemala’s attorney general's office (AG) special unit against corruption (Feci), requested that Sandra Torres, the presidential candidate for the main opposition Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) party, be stripped of her immunity from prosecution to be investigated for alleged illegal campaign financing.

LatinNews Daily - 06 February 2019

On 5 February, a local Nicaraguan human rights group, Comisión Permanente de Derechos Humanos (CPDH), called for Nicaragua’s national police (PNN) chief, Francisco Díaz, to face trial in response to his admission that undercover PNN officers had infiltrated the protests against President Daniel Ortega.

LatinNews Daily - 05 February 2019

On 4 February, deputies from Uruguay’s centre-right opposition Partido Nacional (PN, Blancos) urged the Frente Amplio (FA) leftist coalition government led by President Tabaré Vázquez to provide a full explanation over the claims that the de facto Venezuelan government led by Nicolás Maduro was trying to transfer money out of Venezuela and deposit it in Uruguay’s secretive banking system.

LatinNews Daily - 04 February 2019

Preliminary results from El Salvador’s 3 February presidential election show Nayib Bukele, of the centre-right opposition Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional-Nuevas Ideas coalition, as the outright winner.

LatinNews Daily - 01 February 2019

Nayib Bukele, of the centre-right opposition Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional-Nuevas Ideas, appears to be poised for victory in the 3 February presidential election.