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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 24 January 2020

From Latin American Weekly Report
- GUATEMALA: Giammattei takes office – more of the same?
Alejandro Giammattei and his conservative Vamos government took up the reins of power in Guatemala last week, making all-too-familiar pledges which have failed to materialise under his predecessors: to tackle poverty and food insecurity, corruption, and crime.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 23 January 2020

On 22 January a local civil-society group, Asamblea Social y Popular (ASP), questioned the state of prevention recently decreed by Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei in the two municipalities of Mixco and San Juan Sacatepéquez, both in Guatemala department.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 22 January 2020

On 21 January Honduras's President Juan Orlando Hernández tweeted that he was going to ask the 128-member unicameral national legislature to discuss and make decisions on legislative initiatives proposed by the Organization of American States (OAS)-sponsored Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (Maccih) aimed at tackling corruption.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 21 January 2020

On 20 January Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei announced that he was analysing the asylum cooperation agreement (ACA) signed with the US last year.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 20 January 2020

On 17 January the Honduran government led by President Juan Orlando Hernández announced that it had failed to reach an agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS) to renew the mandate of the OAS-sponsored Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (Maccih).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 17 January 2020

On 16 January Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei announced plans to set up a new anti-corruption commission.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 16 January 2020

On 15 January Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei said Honduran migrants with identification would be allowed to enter Guatemala en route to Mexico and the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 15 January 2020

On 14 January Guatemala’s new president, Alejandro Giammettei, and his conservative Vamos government assumed office for a four-year term.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 14 January 2020

On 13 January Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse announced that the terms of all 119 national deputies and two-thirds of the 30-member senate had expired.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 13 January 2020

In an interview with national daily Prensa Gráfica, published on 13 January, El Salvador's presidential commissioner Carolina Recinos said the government’s plan to revive the economy was part of a more general development strategy which began with security.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 10 January 2020

On 9 January, Gustavo Porras, a legislator for Nicaragua's ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) and legislative president, announced plans to discuss electoral reforms this year, ahead of the 2021 general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 9 January 2020

In an interview with TV programme Frente a Frente, broadcast on 8 January, El Salvador’s justice & security minister Rogelio Rivas hailed a dramatic reduction in homicides.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 8 January 2020

On 7 January, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro met Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse in the capital Port-au-Prince where the two discussed the continued political crisis facing the country, among other topics.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 7 January 2020

On 6 January, civil-society groups called on the government led by President Juan Orlando Hernández to renew the original 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 - 6 January 2020

On 5 January, Panama's leading private sector lobby, Cámara de Comercio, Industrias y Agricultura de Panamá (CCIAP), urged the new supreme court (CSJ) justices Maribel Cornejo, María Eugenia López, and Carlos Alberto Vásquez, along with new attorney general (AG) Eduardo Ulloa, to lead efforts to “rescue citizen confidence in the judiciary”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 3 January 2020

On 2 January President Laurentino Cortizo highlighted the need to reactivate Panama’s economy as a key challenge for his Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) government.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 02 January 2020

On 30 December 2019 the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega announced the conditional release of 91 political prisoners.