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

Nayib Bukele won the El Salvador elections on 3 February with a near-landslide (53.1% of the vote, more than his two main rivals combined).

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.