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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 15 October 2019

On 14 October the European Union (EU) Council adopted a framework for targeted restrictive measures on Nicaragua.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 14 October 2019

On 13 October thousands of people again took to the streets in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, and other parts of the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 11 October 2019

On 10 October Guatemala’s 158-member unicameral national legislature approved a proposal submitted by President Jimmy Morales to extend the state of siege which affects 22 municipalities in the provinces of Izabal, Alta Verapaz, Zacapa, El Progreso, Baja Verapaz, and Péten.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 10 October 2019

On 9 October Guatemala's President-elect Alejandro Giammattei called for the 13 supreme court (CSJ) justices to resign when their five-year terms end on 12 October.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 09 October 2019

On 8 October, Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse named a special committee to “lead discussions” on how to find a “concerted solution to the crisis”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 08 October 2019

On 7 October former president Leonel Fernández (1996-2000, 2004-2008, 2008-2012) called for primary elections held by the national electoral body (JCE) of the Dominican Republic's ruling Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD) to be cancelled, citing fraud.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 07 October 2019

On 4 October a group of Haitian opposition figures delivered a letter to the Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General in Haiti, addressed to UN Secretary General António Guterres, calling on the international community to drop its support for President Jovenel Moïse.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 04 October 2019

On 3 October, the Dominican Republic (DR)’s foreign minister, Miguel Vargas, called on the international community “not to abandon Haiti”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 03 October 2019

On 2 October President Juan Orlando Hernández tweeted that “any claim the President received or agreed to receive money from El Chapo [Mexican drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán] or had anybody receive money for him, is 100% false, absurd, ridiculous, Alice in Wonderland crazy”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 2 October 2019

On 1 October, thousands took to the streets in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince and across the country, calling for President Jovenel Moïse to step down over his alleged embezzlement of funds from Venezuela’s discounted oil initiative Petrocaribe and his failure to govern.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 1 October 2019

On 30 September, Guatemala’s President-elect Alejandro Giammattei questioned a recent resolution by the constitutional court (CC).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 30 September 2019

On 27 September thousands of people protested across the country demanding the resignation of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 27 September 2019

On 26 September Joseph Pierre Richard Duplan, Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse’s representative for the Ouest department, and Fednel Monchéry, the director-general of the interior ministry, resigned.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 26 September 2019

On 25 September, during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, the Acting Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan signed a migration agreement with Honduras’s foreign minister Lisandro Rosales.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 25 September 2019

On 24 September Guyana’s government issued a press release noting that President David Granger met his cabinet that day and discussed holding “credible General and Regional elections in Guyana at the earliest possible time”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 24 September 2019

On 23 September President Jovenel Moïse was forced to cancel his trip to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 23 September 2019

On 20 September the Acting Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan signed a migration agreement with El Salvador’s foreign minister Alexandra Hill.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 20 September 2019

On 19 September Nicaragua's supreme court (CSJ) suspended the licence for six months of María Oviedo, a prominent human rights lawyer who worked for the human rights NGO Comisión Permanente de Derechos Humanos (CPDH).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 19 September 2019

On 18 September Guatemala’s interior minister Enrique Degenhart said the discovery of three laboratories to process coca suggests the country is now a cocaine producer rather than just a transit country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 18 September 2019

On 17 September, the local press cited Haiti's acting prime minister Jean-Michel Lapin as saying that with price adjustments and the arrival of new fuel shipments, the country should “return to normality” by 19 September.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 17 September 2019

On 16 September, Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince was paralysed due to a general strike launched by unions and opposition groups to protest against fuel shortages and the ongoing governance crisis.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 16 September 2019

On 15 September, the Organization of American States (OAS) issued a statement expressing “discomfort” at the decision by the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega not to grant access to the country to an OAS commission.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 13 September 2019

On 12 September United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres announced that an interdisciplinary technical assessment mission will be deployed to El Salvador in response to a government request to establish an international mechanism to fight impunity and corruption (Cicies).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 12 September 2019

On 11 September Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel warned that the country faces a looming energy crisis due to a lack of fuel.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 11 September 2019

On 10 September Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) announced that it had admitted a request by President Jimmy Morales to revoke appeals which temporarily suspend a migration agreement signed with the US on 26 July.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 10 September 2019

On 9 September, the second meeting of the European Union (EU)-Cuba Joint Council took place in Cuba.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 09 September 2019

* Guatemala’s central bank (Banguat) has released new figures which show remittances to Guatemala totalled US$8.86bn in the first eight months of 2019, up from US$6.08bn in the same period in 2018.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 06 September 2019

On 5 September, Honduras’s President Juan Orlando Hernández declared a state of national emergency as a result of drought.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 5 September 2019

On 4 September, Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales declared a state of siege for 30 days in five north eastern provinces: Izabal, Alta Verapaz, Zacapa, El Progreso, and Baja Verapaz.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 4 September 2019

On 3 September, President Nayib Bukele confirmed that he had ordered Osiris Luna, the head of El Salvador’s prison service, to lift the state of emergency in the country’s 28 prisons.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 3 September 2019

On 2 September, protesters took to the streets in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 2 September 2019

On 30 August, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro and El Salvador’s Vice President Félix Ulloa announced an agreement regarding a technical mission to install a new anti-impunity commission in El Salvador (Cicies).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 30 August 2019

On 29 August Nicaragua's opposition movement Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) presented an electoral reform proposal.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 29 August 2019

On 28 August the United Nations-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig) presented a report entitled ‘Guatemala – a captured state’.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 28 August 2019

On 27 August, Costa Rica’s foreign ministry sent a protest note to the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega accusing six Nicaraguan military officials of unlawfully entering Costa Rican territory and killing a Nicaraguan national.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 27 August 2019

On 26 August, relatives of Francisco Hernández, a government opponent, complained that he had been shot in the back by police (PNN) officials after resisting an arrest in the capital, Managua.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 23 August 2019

On 22 August, Haiti’s 119-member chamber of deputies voted not to impeach President Jovenel Moïse.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 22 August 2019

On 21 August, Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega named Rosa Adelina Barahona Castro, a national legislator for the ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN), as his new defence minister.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 21 August 2019

On 20 August Rodolfo Parker, a national legislator for the opposition Partido Demócrata Cristiano (PDC), presented a formal proposal for the creation of an international commission against impunity and corruption for El Salvador (Cicies).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 20 August 2019

On 19 August, Panama’s foreign minister, Alejandro Ferrer, announced that the government led by President Laurentino Cortizo had reached a commitment with France to work together to remove Panama from France’s list of tax havens.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 19 August 2019

On 16 August, Nicaragua’s government led by President Daniel Ortega filed a complaint against Costa Rica before the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Michelle Bachelet, and the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 16 August 2019

On 15 August Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo said Colombia could face retaliatory measures due to its application of new tariffs on clothing and textiles.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 15 August 2019

On 14 August Panama’s attorney general’s office (AG) filed an appeal against a court’s decision to close the corruption case involving the Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 14 August 2019

On 13 August Guatemala’s president-elect Alejandro Giammattei, of the conservative Vamos party, unveiled ten members of his new 14-member cabinet.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 13 August 2019

On 12 August, Luis Cardenal, president of El Salvador’s leading private sector lobby Asociación Nacional de la Empresa Privada (Anep), expressed concern about “international interventionism without control or supervision” with regard to the fight against corruption.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 12 August 2019

Preliminary results from Guatemala's 11 August presidential second round run-off show Alejandro Giammattei of the opposition conservative Vamos party defeating former first lady (2008-2012) Sandra Torres of the also opposition Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 09 August 2019

Final surveys released ahead of Guatemala's 11 August presidential second round run-off show Alejandro Giammattei of the opposition conservative Vamos party ahead of former first lady (2008-2012) Sandra Torres of the also opposition Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 8 August 2019

On 7 August, Jair Meza, the spokesperson for Honduras’s national police (PNH), announced that the PNH was examining videos of alleged excessive force by its officers.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 7 August 2019

On 6 August, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Honduras’s capital, Tegucigalpa, calling for President Juan Orlando Hernández to step down.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 6 August 2019

On 5 August, Guatemala’s attorney general’s office and the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig) filed legal documents accusing Economy Minister Acisclo Valladares of being part of a money-laundering ring and requesting for his immunity from prosecution to be lifted.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 05 August 2019

On 3 August, Honduras’s President Juan Orlando Hernández denied having used drug trafficking money to fund his 2013 electoral campaign.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 02 August 2019

On 1 August, Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, the apostolic nuncio, revealed that the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega had ended the dialogue process with the opposition movement Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 1 August 2019

On 31 July, the Dominican Republic’s President Danilo Medina appointed Juan Ariel Jiménez as his new economy, planning & development minister in replacement of Isidoro Santana.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 31 July 2019

On 30 July, the Nicaraguan opposition grouping Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) urged the Organization of American States (OAS) Permanent Council to create a high-level commission, as stipulated in a 28 June OAS resolution, as part of efforts to secure a solution to Nicaragua’s political and social crisis.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 30 July 2019

On 29 July, Rodolfo Piza, Costa Rica’s minister for the presidency, stepped down.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 29 July 2019

On 28 July, Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) accepted two appeals over an asylum agreement signed with the US two days earlier by the government led by President Jimmy Morales.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 26 July 2019

On 25 July Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales questioned the “conscience” and “capacity” of the country’s constitutional court (CC) justices.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 25 July 2019

On 24 July Panama's President Laurentino Cortizo denied claims by Kenia Porcell, the head of the attorney general’s office (AG), that efforts were underway to hinder the work of anti-corruption prosecutors in the AG.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 24 July 2019

On 23 July US President Donald Trump tweeted that the US was considering punitive measures against the Guatemalan government including the “BAN, tariffs, Remittance Fees, or all of the above”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 23 July 2019

On 22 July Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse nominated Fritz William Michel as his new prime minister.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 22 July 2019

On 20 July the opposition grouping Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) rejected remarks made the previous day by Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega who ruled out further dialogue.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 19 July 2019

On 18 July, the international press watchdog Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) expressed concern about the new criminal code in Honduras.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 18 July 2019

On 17 July, a voting intention survey carried out by pollster CID Gallup showed Guatemalan presidential run-off candidate Alejandro Giammattei, of the right-wing Vamos party, ahead of former First Lady (2008-2012) Sandra Torres of the Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) party.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 17 July 2019

On 16 July, the special prosecutor’s unit against corruption and impunity (Ufecic-MP) in Honduras called for the renewal of the agreement establishing the Organization of American States (OAS)-sponsored Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (Maccih).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 16 July 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- PANAMA: Cortizo moves on key pledge
- In brief: Honduras
On 15 July, representatives from Panama’s national concertation council for development (CCND) presented its constitutional reform proposals to President Laurentino Cortizo.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 15 July 2019

On 14 July Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) blocked President Jimmy Morales from signing a ‘safe third country’ migration deal with the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 12 July 2019

On 11 July Guatemala’s defence ministry (Mindef) announced it would heed the recommendation from the comptroller general’s office (CGC) and not proceed with the purchase of two Pampa III military planes from Argentina’s state-run aircraft manufacturing company Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (Fadea) for US$28m.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 11 July 2019

On 10 July, President Nayib Bukele called on the unicameral legislature to approve US$91m for the second phase of his security plan, ‘Plan Control Territorial’.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 10 July 2019

On 9 July, Eduardo Trejos, the head of Costa Rica’s intelligence agency (DIS), announced an investigation into the origins of a video circulating on social media in which a group of men dressed in camouflage make a call to take up arms against the government.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 9 July 2019

On 8 July, Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado and Finance Minister Rocío Aguilar signed a law which establishes a three-month moratorium on sanctions related to the value-added tax (VAT) which was introduced on 1 July. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 08 July 2019

On 5 July, Acción Ciudadana, the local branch of international anti-corruption NGO Transparency International (TI), presented a request for Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales and Defence Minister Luis Miguel Ralda to be stripped of their immunity from prosecution to face legal action for possible fraud.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 05 July 2019

On 4 July, El Salvador’s 84-member unicameral national legislature approved changes to the budget which reassigns US$30.98m to security, including supporting the armed forces (FAES) in undertaking citizen security tasks.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 4 July 2019

Panama’s new president, Laurentino Cortizo, held his first cabinet on 3 July.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 3 July 2019

On 2 July, the US-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the European Union (EU) to impose targeted sanctions against high-level Nicaraguan government officials implicated in gross human rights violations.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 02 July 2019

On 1 July Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado announced he would set up dialogue tables, with the Ombudsman’s office and the Catholic Church to act as guarantors.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 01 July 2019

On 29 June the Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Libertad Ciudadana (FDLC), the local branch of international anti-corruption NGO Transparency International (TI), called on Panama’s attorney general’s office (AG) to expand investigations into the bribery scandal surrounding the Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 28 June 2019

On 27 June the secretary general of the Dominican Republic’s long-ruling Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD), Reinaldo Pared Pérez, met President Danilo Medina and his predecessor former president Leonel Fernández (1996-2000, 2004-2012) to try to defuse escalating tensions in the party and the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 27 June 2019

On 26 June agents from Guatemala’s attorney general’s office (AG) raided the headquarters of the information technology department at the supreme electoral tribunal (TSE) following accusations of irregularities in the counting of the votes cast in the 16 June general election first-round vote.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 26 June 2019

On 25 June a group of protesters from Costa Rica’s fishing sector threw stones, refuse, and a small explosive device at the presidential palace in San José.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 25 June 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- In brief: Honduras
* Honduras’s central bank (BCH) has announced that foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country fell by 3.7% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 24 June 2019

On 21 June, the US Department of the Treasury sanctioned a further four officials in ‘the inner circle’ of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega, accused variously of violating the rights of opposition figures, promulgating repressive laws, silencing the media, and denying medical attention to injured protesters.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 21 June 2019

On 20 June Alejandro Giammattei of the right-wing Vamos party, a contender in Guatemala's August second-round presidential run-off, called for an external audit of the results from the 16 June general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 20 June 2019

On 19 June, members of the national directorate of special forces (DNFE) of the Honduras national police (PNH) announced a strike in demand of better working conditions, adding that they would not “repress the Honduran people”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 19 June 2019

On 18 June, the opposition grouping Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) denounced the failure by the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega to release all political prisoners by the agreed 18 June deadline.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 18 June 2019

On 17 June, the leftist indigenous party Movimiento para la Liberación de los Pueblos (MLP) said it would not recognise the results of Guatemala's 16 June general election, citing fraud.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 17 June 2019

On 17 June, Guatemala’s electoral court (TSE) released preliminary results from the general election which took place the previous day.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 14 June 2019

On 13 June, Leopoldo Guerra, the director of the electoral authority (TSE)’s citizens’ registry in Guatemala, announced he was taking leave for 15 days for “health reasons”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 13 June 2019

On 12 June, at an event marking the 24th anniversary of the creation of the national police (PNd’H), Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse insisted that he was not corrupt, adding that anyone who faced accusations of misusing public funds should present themselves before the courts.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 12 June 2019

On 11 June, the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega released 56 political prisoners.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 11 June 2019

On 10 June, the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega said it had released 50 political prisoners under a new amnesty law.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 10 June 2019

On 9 June, at least two people were killed in protests held in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince and other parts of the country calling for President Jovenel Moïse to resign.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 07 June 2019

On 6 June, the Universidad Centroamericana's human rights institute (Idhuca) expressed concern about the appointment of Mauricio Arriaza Chicas as El Salvador’s new police chief (PNC).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 06 June 2019

On 5 June, El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele accused his predecessor Salvador Sánchez Cerén (2014-2019) of nepotism, fired various of his relatives from government posts, and announced irregularities detected in the international centre for fairs and conventions (Cifco), a government-owned enterprise.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 5 June 2019

On 4 June, the ‘Petrochallenge’ anti-corruption movement announced new protests to take place on 9 June calling for Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse to step down.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 4 June 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- In brief: El Salvador
* El Salvador’s central bank (BCR) has released new figures which show that in the first four months of the year the country’s exports totalled US$1.93bn, down 3.5% on the same period in 2018.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 3 June 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- EL SALVADOR: Bukele takes office
- In brief: Honduras
On 1 June, Nayib Bukele of the centre-right Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional-Nuevas Ideas coalition was sworn-in as El Salvador’s new president for a five-year term.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 31 May 2019

On 30 May, Roberto Herrera, Honduras's human rights ombudsman (Conadeh), condemned violence which took place during protests staged by the newly launched platform for the defence of health and education (PDSE) in the capital, Tegucigalpa, and across the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 30 May 2019

On 29 May, Panama’s economy & finance congressional commission rejected a legislative initiative (766) which relates to a contract between the state and Minera Panamá, the local subsidiary of Canada’s First Quantum Minerals Ltd, regarding the development and operation of the Cobre Panamá copper mining project.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 29 May 2019

On 28 May, the newly launched platform for the defence of health and education (PDSE), which represents Honduran teachers and doctors, announced a national strike to take place as of tomorrow (30 May).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 28 May 2019

On 26 May, Mario Arana, the president of the private sector lobby US-Nicaraguan Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), declared the recent national strike by the private sector and consumers a success.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 24 May 2019

On 23 May, a congress committee agreed to postpone discussion on a draft bill which human rights groups warn would offer impunity for crimes committed during El Salvador’s civil war (1980-1992).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 23 May 2019

On 22 May teachers, doctors and students staged protests in Honduras’s capital Tegucigalpa.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 22 May 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- NICARAGUA: OAS sets Ortega a deadline
- In brief: Cuba
On 21 May, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a new resolution on “the situation in Nicaragua”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 21 May 2019

On 20 May, the opposition group Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) announced its withdrawal from the negotiating table with the government led by President Daniel Ortega.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 20 May 2019

On 19 May, a leading private sector lobby, Cámara de Comercio, Industrias y Agricultura de Panamá (Cciap), urged Panama's outgoing President Juan Carlos Varela to include constitutional reforms in extraordinary congress sessions.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 17 May 2019

On 16 May the US government led by President Donald Trump condemned “the use of lethal force” against US citizen Eddy Montes, a 'political prisoner' detained in La Modelo prison, outside Nicaragua’s capital, who was shot dead by a prison guard.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 16 May 2019

On 15 May Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) rejected an appeal presented by Thelma Aldana, a former attorney general (2014-2018) and curret presidential candidate for the leftist Movimiento Semilla.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 15 May 2019

On 14 May civil-society leaders criticised Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales for saying he hoped that the 16 June general election did not become a “judicial tragedy”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 14 May 2019

On 13 May the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega and opposition grouping Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) announced a “pre-agreement” regarding the relaunch of talks aimed at finding a solution to the crisis stemming from the government’s crackdown on its opponents which began in April 2018.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 13 May 2019

On 11 May Laurentino ‘Nito’ Cortizo of the opposition Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) pledged a “full frontal battle against corruption”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 10 May 2019

On 9 May, Belize’s elections and boundaries department released preliminary results from a referendum held the previous day which showed voters were in favour of the territorial dispute between Guatemala and Belize being submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for adjudication.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 9 May 2019

On 8 May, the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega and the Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) opposition grouping failed to reach an agreement regarding the relaunch of talks aimed at finding a solution to the crisis stemming from the government’s crackdown on its opponents which began in April 2018.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 8 May 2019

On 7 May, Guatemala's ruling conservative Frente de Convergencia Nacional (FCN-Nación) issued a statement insisting that its presidential candidate Estuardo Galdámez, a national deputy, is innocent of allegations issued the previous day by the United Nations-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig) and the attorney general’s office (AG).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 7 May 2019

On 7 May, Rómulo Roux, the presidential candidate for the Cambio Democrático (CD) party in Panama's 5 May general election, conceded defeat to Laurentino ‘Nito’ Cortizo of the Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 03 May 2019

On 2 May, two US citizens, Mickael Behn and Javier Garcia-Bengochea, filed a lawsuit against Miami-based cruising conglomerate Carnival Cruise Lines in US federal courts.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 2 May 2019

On 1 May, Laurentino ‘Nito’ Cortizo of the opposition Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) closed his presidential campaign ahead of Panama's 5 May general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 1 May 2019

On 30 April, Honduras’s 128-member unicameral national legislature withdrew proposed reforms to the health and education sector.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 30 April 2019

On 29 April, thousands of people took to the streets in Honduras’s capital Tegucigalpa and across the country to protest reforms to the country’s health and public education systems approved by the unicameral congress on 25 April.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 29 April 2019

On 28 April two police (PNC) agents and three soldiers were murdered in different parts of El Salvador.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 26 April 2019

On 25 April, legislators from Guatemala’s opposition Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) met with Pablo García, the deputy of foreign minister Sandra Jovel (who was out of the country) to discuss the case of Mario Amílcar Estrada Orellana, whose presidential candidacy for the right-of-centre Unión del Cambio Nacional (UCN) was revoked this week following his arrest in the US over alleged drug links and claims that he attempted to arrange the assassinations of two political rivals.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 25 April 2019

On 24 April the local and international media reported that Banco Corporativo SA (Bancorp), a financial institution linked to Nicaragua’s Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by President Daniel Ortega, had requested permission from the country’s banking regulator, Siboif, to cease operations.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 24 April 2019

On 23 April, Michelle de Guizado, the president of the Panamanian association of travel agencies and tourism (Apavit), and other tourism sector representatives urged presidential candidates to consider tourism an issue of “national interest”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 23 April 2019

On 22 April, Nicaragua’s national police (PNN) issued a statement denying that it was holding any protesters in prison after claims by the Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) opposition grouping that 160 people had been detained since 15 April.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 18 April 2019

On 17 April, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions against Laureano Ortega, the son of Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosarillo Murillo, and Banco Corporativo SA (Bancorp), a financial institution.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 17 April 2019

On 16 April, a senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed that the US administration led by President Donald Trump will end the suspension of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act that allows US citizens, including naturalised Cubans, to sue companies and subsidiaries in Cuba believed to be using properties expropriated after the Cuban Revolution.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 16 April 2019

On 15 April, Bonerge Mejía Orellana was sworn in as the new president of Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) for the 2019-2020 period.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 15 April 2019

On 12 April the United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC) voted to end the presence of the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (Minujusth) in October 2019.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 12 April 2019

On 11 April the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua (Salvador Sánchez Cerén, Juan Orlando Hernández, and Daniel Ortega respectively) launched the master plan for the Gulf of Fonseca, a Pacific coast area jointly administered by the three countries.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 11 April 2019

On 10 April, a debate organised by the chamber of commerce (CCIAP) and electoral court (TE) took place between Panama’s seven presidential candidates.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 10 April 2019

On 9 April, Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse confirmed that interim Prime Minister Jean Michel Lapin was his permanent choice for the post.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 9 April 2019

On 8 April, Luis Almagro, the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), tweeted about the “importance of ensuring transparency” in Guatemala's June general elections and expressed hopes that the electoral authorities (TSE) “will be allowed to work without the influence of external factors including” the United Nations (UN)-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 8 April 2019

On 5 April, the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega announced that 50 political prisoners would be transferred to house arrest.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 05 April 2019

On 4 April, civil-society groups questioned the previous day’s election by the 158-member unicameral legislature of Edwin Salazar as the country’s new comptroller general for a four-year term.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 04 April 2019

On 3 April, the talks ended between the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega and the opposition Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) aimed at finding a solution to the crisis stemming from the government’s crackdown on its opponents which began in April 2018.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 3 April 2019

On 2 April, Panama’s trade & industry minister Eduardo Palacios presented a bill before the 71-member unicameral national legislature which would ratify the contract between the state and Minera Panamá, the local subsidiary of Canada’s First Quantum Minerals Ltd, regarding the development and operation of the Cobre Panamá copper mining project.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 2 April 2019

On 1 April, Guatemala’s electoral authorities (TSE) revoked the candidacy of Thelma Aldana, a former attorney general (2014-2018), who was running for the new centre-left Movimiento Semilla in the June general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 1 April 2019

On 31 March, Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief-of-staff, told US news channel CNN that the US administration led by President Donald Trump is cutting off aid to Central America's 'Northern Triangle' countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 29 March 2019

On 28 March, Nicaragua’s Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government, led by President Daniel Ortega, and the opposition Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) grouping announced that the talks over how to solve the country's political crisis, which began last month, would culminate on 3 April.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 28 March 2019

On 27 March, US Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen announced an “historic” agreement between the US and Central America's 'Northern Triangle' countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) to address the “root causes” of the migration crisis.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 27 March 2019

On 26 March, the president of Guatemala’s electoral court (TSE), Mario Aguilar Elizardi, announced that he would appeal a supreme court (CSJ) resolution which upheld the presidential candidacy of Zury Ríos, the daughter of Guatemala’s late dictator Efraín Ríos Montt (1982-1983).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 26 March 2019

On 25 March, a survey by Stratmark Consultores showed Laurentino 'Nito' Cortizo, the presidential candidate of Panama's opposition Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD), on 51% of voting intentions ahead of the 5 May general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 25 March 2019

On 23 March, dozens of anti-government protesters took to the streets in the capital Managua and various cities across the country calling for the release of political prisoners.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 22 March 2019

On 21 March, President Jovenel Moïse named culture & communication (MCC) minister Jean Michel Lapin as Haiti’s new interim prime minister.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 21 March 2019

On 20 March, the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega said it would release all 'political prisoners' within 90 days.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 20 March 2019

On 19 March Thelma Aldana, a former attorney general (2014-2018) and presidential candidate for the new centre-left Movimiento Semilla party in the June general election, confirmed that a local judge had issued an arrest warrant for her.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 19 March 2019

On 18 March, Haiti’s 119-member lower chamber passed a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Jean Henry Céant and his government.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 18 March 2019

On 16 March, Nicaragua’s national police (PNN) announced it had arrested, and then subsequently released, 107 people.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 15 March 2019

On 14 March, the US government suspended the transfer of some equipment and military training that it provides to Guatemala to protest the “misuse” of vehicles it donated to the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 14 March 2019

On 13 March the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega and the Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) opposition grouping announced the resumption of talks aimed at finding a solution to the political crisis which began mid-April 2018, stemming from the government’s deadly crackdown on its opponents.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 13 March 2019

On 12 March, Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) revoked a supreme court (CSJ) ruling which had upheld the presidential candidacy of Zury Ríos, the daughter of Guatemala’s late dictator Efraín Ríos Montt (1982-1983).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 12 March 2019

On 11 March, 18 of Guatemala’s 27 political parties signed a pact of “transparency, ethics and peace” along with representatives from the electoral authorities (TSE) ahead of the 16 June general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 11 March 2019

On 10 March, Nicaragua’s Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) opposition grouping said it would return to the negotiating table only when the government led by President Daniel Ortega had provided convincing signs of a genuine will to find solutions to the crisis which began in mid-April 2018.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 08 March 2019

On 7 March, the Russian government expressed its profound concern about the increased pressure being brought to bear on Cuba by the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 7 March 2019

On 6 March, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned that the proposed changes to El Salvador’s 1993 amnesty law that are currently being debated by the country’s legislature go counter to international human rights law.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 6 March 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- In brief: Costa Rica
* The Costa Rican government has hailed the results of its tax amnesty programme, which generated ₡232.2bn (US$383m) in earnings for the finance ministry, the social aid institute (Imas), the rural development institute (Inder), and the development and municipal advisory institute (Ifam), equivalent to over 0.5% of GDP.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 5 March 2019

On 4 March the official 60-day electoral campaigning period ahead of Panama’s 5 May general election formally began.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 4 March 2019

On 2 March, the Movimiento Campesino de Nicaragua peasant farmers’ organisation grouping announced that its representatives were joining the negotiating team of the Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia political opposition group that is currently engaged in a new dialogue process with the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega to try to resolve the country’s political and social crisis.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 01 March 2019

On 28 February, Luis Abinader, the presidential candidate of the Dominican Republic's main opposition Partido Revolucionario Moderno (PRM), advised President Danilo Medina (of the ruling Partido de la Liberación Dominicana, PLD) not to try to seek re-election because it will create “crisis” and “ungovernability” in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 28 February 2019

On 27 February, the first day of dialogue took place between representatives from the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega and opposition grouping Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 27 February 2019

On 26 February, it was reported that the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) had handed over a letter to Guatemala’s 158-member unicameral congress expressing concern about proposed changes to the national reconciliation law.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 26 February 2019

On 25 February, Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse officially established a “dialogue facilitation” committee.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 25 February 2019

On 24 February, Cubans went to the polls to approve or reject a new constitution.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 22 February 2019

On 21 February, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega announced that negotiations will begin between the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government and business leaders on 27 February.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 21 February 2019

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

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 20 February 2019

On 19 February, Nicaragua’s opposition movement Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) condemned a 216-year prison sentence handed down to opposition leader Medardo Mairena the previous day for crimes including murder, terrorism, and organised crime.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 19 February 2019

On 18 February, Haiti’s national police (PNd’H) arrested eight individuals in the capital, Port-au-Prince, while driving in two vehicles without license plates, with a cache of automatic rifles and pistols.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 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 Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 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 Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 14 February 2019

On 13 February, the Panamanian government led by President Juan Carlos Varela announced it was recalling its ambassador to the European Union (EU), Miguel Verzbolovskis, for consultations.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 13 February 2019

On 12 February, all 78 inmates escaped from a prison in the town of Aquin, in Haiti’s Sud department, while the police were distracted by nearby protests which were part of the ongoing unrest which began on 7 February.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 12 February 2019

On 11 February, Costa Rica’s security ministry (MSP) hailed a fall in overall crime in January 2019.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 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 Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 8 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 Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 7 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 Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 6 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 Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 5 February 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- HAITI: Fuel shortages persist
- In brief: Honduras
On 4 February, Haiti's government-owned public utility Electricité d'Haïti (Ed’H) issued a press release which said that electricity rationing would continue in the capital Port-au-Prince.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 4 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 Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 01 February 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- EL SALVADOR: Bukele heading for victory
- In brief: Nicaragua
From Latin American Weekly Report
- HONDURAS: Electoral reforms approved
- TRACKING TRENDS
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.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 31 January 2019

On 30 January, Guatemala’s supreme court (CSJ) rejected a request put forward by Jorge Luis Donado, the procurator general (PGN), to strip three constitutional court (CC) magistrates of their immunity from prosecution.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 30 January 2019

On 29 January, Nicaragua’s opposition Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD), which comprises students, the private sector, and human rights activists among others, rejected recent economic measures passed by the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by President Daniel Ortega.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 29 January 2019

On 28 January, the centre-left Movimiento Semilla party announced that former attorney general (AG) Thelma Aldana (2014-2018) would be its presidential candidate ahead of the June 2019 general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 28 January 2019

On 26 January, Ramón Jáuregui, a member of Spain’s socialist party (Partido Socialista Obrero Español), gave a press conference following a visit by 11 European parliament members (MEPs) to Nicaragua which began on 23 January.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 25 January 2019

Development: On 24 January, Honduras’s 128-member unicameral national legislature approved constitutional changes which would dissolve the electoral authorities (TSE) and restructure the national registry office (RNP).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 24 January 2019

Development: On 23 January, Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) granted a provisional protective measure to suspend impeachment proceedings against three CC magistrates.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 23 January 2019

Development: On 22 January, Eugenio Chicas, the former spokesperson (2015-2018) for El Salvador's ruling left-wing Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), resigned from the party.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 22 January 2019

Development: On 21 January El Salvador’s presidential spokesperson Roberto Lorenzana blamed a recent rise in violence on one of the country’s two main gangs, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), citing electoral aims.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 21 January 2019

Development: On 19 January five political parties registered presidential candidacies in Guatemala ahead of the 16 June general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 18 January 2019

Development: On 17 January Carlos Aguerri Hurtado, a justice in Nicaragua's supreme court (CSJ), resigned.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 17 January 2019

Development: On 16 January El Salvador’s new attorney general (AG) Raúl Melara denied links to any political party.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 16 January 2019

Development: On 15 January, the Honduran government announced that a caravan of 800-1,000 Honduran migrants, destined for the US, had crossed the Agua Caliente border crossing and entered Guatemala.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 15 January 2019

Development: On 14 January thousands of people took to the streets across Guatemala to express opposition to President Jimmy Morales and his recent decision to terminate the mandate of the United Nations (UN)-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 14 January 2019

Development: On 13 January Nayib Bukele, the presidential candidate for Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional (Gana)-Nuevas Ideas coalition, revealed his manifesto.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 11 January 2019

Development: On 10 January Rafael Solís, a magistrate in Nicaragua’s supreme court (CSJ), resigned, both from the court and the ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) party.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 10 January 2019

Development: On 9 January Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) ruled that the government led by President Jimmy Morales must reverse its unilateral decision to end the country’s agreement with the United Nations (UN)-International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 9 January 2019

Development: On 8 January Matías Ponce, a spokesperson for the United Nations (UN)-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig), told reporters that “international [Cicig] personnel have been asked to leave the country until further notice".

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 8 January 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- Guatemala’s Morales expels Cicig
- In brief: Panama
Development: On 7 January the Guatemalan government led by President Jimmy Morales announced it would unilaterally terminate the mandate of the United Nations (UN)-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 7 January 2019

Development: On 6 January Colombian national Yilen Osorio, an investigator for the United Nations (UN)-backed International Commission agaisnt Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig), was permitted to re-enter Guatemala.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 4 January 2019

Development: On 3 January, Julio Oliva, the president of El Salvador’s electoral authority (TSE), invited the leadership of presidential frontrunner Nayib Bukele’s Nuevas Ideas party to publicly debate Bukele’s claims of electoral fraud.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 3 January 2019

Development: On 2 January Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela presented the electoral authorities (TE) with a request to consider the feasibility of including an extra ballot sheet for the electorate in the May general election to vote on the mechanism for amending the constitution.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 2 January 2019

Development: On 1 January the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega rejected the decision by Luis Almagro, the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), to begin the process of applying Article 20 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter (IACD) against Nicaragua.