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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 25 February 2019

Following a series of talks between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Ecuadorian authorities, a formal loan deal looks likely in the coming months.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 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 Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 21 February 2019

On 20 February the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a statement urging Colombia’s President Iván Duque to sanction into law the bill that fully enables the functioning of a transitional justice system (JEP) to handle cases related to Colombia’s internal armed conflict.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 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 Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 19 February 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- In brief: Bolivia
* Bolivia and Argentina have renegotiated their natural gas provision contract valid until 2026 and agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further bilateral trade relations.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 18 February 2019

On 16 February, three US military transport aircraft carrying humanitarian aid to Venezuela landed in the Colombian border city of Cúcuta.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 15 February 2019

On 14 February, the foreign minister of the de facto Venezuelan government, Jorge Arreaza, announced that the administration led by Nicolás Maduro has the support of over a dozen countries that are prepared to denounce before the United Nations (UN) the attempts by the US to overthrow the Maduro administration.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 14 February 2019

On 13 February, opposition figures like Bolivia’s former president Carlos Mesa (2003-2005), a presidential candidate ahead of the October vote, along with civil-society groups, presented complaints before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) against President Evo Morales’ re-election bid.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 13 February 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- VENEZUELA: Guaidó maintains the pressure
- In brief: Bolivia
From Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America
- CARICOM: The Caribbean stands by Maduro
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 Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 12 February 2019

On 11 February, Venezuela’s defence minister, General Vladimir Padrino López, announced that additional armed forces personnel had been deployed to the country’s border with Colombia to ensure that the international humanitarian aid arranged by the self-proclaimed and internationally recognised interim president, Juan Guaidó, does not enter Venezuela.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 11 February 2019

On 10 February Juan Guaidó, Venezuela’s self-proclaimed and internationally recognised interim president, accused those blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country of being “almost genocidal”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 8 February 2019

On 7 February, the international contact group (ICG) on Venezuela held its first meeting in Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, and called for a new dialogue and a fresh presidential election to try to solve the crisis in Venezuela.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 7 February 2019

On 6 February, the president of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled national assembly and self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaidó, ordered the country’s armed forces to allow the entry of foreign humanitarian aid into Venezuela.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 6 February 2019

On 5 February, Venezuelan opposition national deputy, Franklyn Duarte, claimed that members of Venezuela’s armed forces (FANB) were blocking the entry of international humanitarian aid packages into Venezuela at the Tienditas international bridge that connects Venezuela to Colombia.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 5 February 2019

On 4 February, Colombia’s defence minister, Guillermo Botero, revealed that 14 dissidents from the demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas had been killed in a security operation in southern Colombia.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 4 February 2019

On 3 February, Venezuela’s de facto president, Nicolás Maduro, publicly rejected the calls by the international community to resign or call a new presidential election insisting that he will not cave in to such pressure.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 01 February 2019

On 31 January, Venezuela’s opposition deputies presented an economic transition plan as the European parliament passed a resolution recognising Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim president. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 31 January 2019

On 30 January, there were protests in more than 5,000 places across Venezuela, not just against the government led by President Nicolás Maduro but also to pressure the armed forces to permit a humanitarian corridor to allow essential aid into the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 30 January 2019

On 29 January, Venezuela’s supreme court (TSJ) barred Juan Guaidó from leaving the country and froze his bank accounts.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 29 January 2019

On 28 January, the US government slapped sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company Pdvsa, freezing its US-based assets and proceeds from crude exports.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 28 January 2019

On 26 January, Venezuela’s military attaché at its embassy in Washington, Colonel José Luis Silva Silva, urged the Bolivarian armed forces (FANB) to recognise Juan Guaidó as the country’s legitimate president.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 25 January 2019

Development: On 24 January, Interpol issued an international arrest warrant for ‘Aureliano Carbonell’ (Víctor Orlando Cubides), one of the negotiators for the Colombian guerrilla group Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) in the suspended peace talks with the Colombian government in Cuba.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 24 January 2019

Development: On 23 January, Juan Guaidó, the president of Venezuela’s national assembly (AN), formally declared himself as the country’s interim president and said that he will now seek to organise a new general election process to elect a successor to the de facto president, Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 23 January 2019

Development: On 22 January Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro ordered “a complete revision of relations with the US government” after US Vice President Mike Pence released a video branding him a dictator and extending support to Venezuelans the day before a large protest march called by the political opposition.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 22 January 2019

Development: On 21 January there were impromptu street protests in Venezuela in support of the actions of a group of officers from the Guardia Nacional Bolivariana (GNB) military police who had taken over a military barracks and declared themselves in rebellion against the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 21 January 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- Colombia’s Duque challenged by ELN
- In brief: Bolivia
Development: On 21 January the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) insurgent guerrilla group assumed responsibility for the 17 January car bomb attack in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, and justified the action on President Iván Duque’s refusal to resume the formal peace dialogue between his government and the ELN.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 18 January 2019

Development: On 17 January the Colombian police reported that 21 people had been killed and 68 others wounded after a car bomb exploded at the police academy in country’s capital, Bogotá.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 17 January 2019

Development: On 16 January the audit commission in Peru’s national congress approved the opening of a new investigation into the links between C y M Vizcarra (CyM), a local consultancy firm founded by President Martín Vizcarra, and Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht, which has admitted to paying millions of US dollars in bribes to government officials in Peru to secure government contracts.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 16 January 2019

Development: On 15 January, Venezuela’s national assembly (AN) approved a series of resolutions aimed at setting the legal bases for ousting the de facto Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) government led by Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 15 January 2019

Development: On 14 January, Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra visited an area in eastern Lima which has faced extensive flooding after the rupture of a sewerage pipeline.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 14 January 2019

Development: On 13 January, Juan Guaidó, the president of Venezuela’s national assembly (AN), denounced that agents from the national intelligence service (Sebin) had illegally detained him for around half an hour in an attempt to silence him.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 11 January 2019

Development: On 10 January, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) issued a resolution stating that it does not recognise Nicolás Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 10 January 2019

Development: On 9 January Venezuelan political opposition group Frente Amplio Venezuela Libre (FAVL) called for public demonstrations to be staged today (10 January) in repudiation of President Nicolás Maduro swearing-in for a second presidential term.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 9 January 2019

Development: On 8 January the congressional bench of Peru’s main opposition party, Fuerza Popular (FP, Fujimoristas), presented a motion of censure against the president of congress, Daniel Salaverry.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 8 January 2019

Development: On 7 January Peru’s attorney general Pedro Chávarry announced that he would be tendering his resignation today (8 January).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 7 January 2019

Development: On 5 January the newly elected president of Venezuela’s national assembly (AN), Juan Guaidó, said that if President Nicolás Maduro swears-in for a new six-year presidential term on 10 January he will be “usurping the presidency”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 4 January 2019

Development: On 3 January thousands of people took part in protest marches in cities across Peru demanding the resignation of Attorney General Pedro Chávarry.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 3 January 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- Venezuela complains of US meddling
- In brief: Peru
Development: On 2 January Venezuela’s foreign ministry issued a statement denouncing the “brazen” meddling by the US government in Venezuelan internal affairs and accused it of pressuring its regional neighbours to act against the government led by President Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 2 January 2019

Development: On 1 January Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra called on congress to urgently declare a state of emergency in the national judiciary thus allowing his administration to intervene.