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Costa Rican run-off candidate fails to present campaign finance report

On 22 March Costa Rica’s leading national daily La Nación reported that the small conservative Partido Restauración Nacional (RN), the party of presidential run-off candidate Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz, had failed to present its reports on campaign financing on time.

Scandal-hit Kuczynski resigns to avoid impeachment

Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski tendered his resignation on 21 March, the day before he was scheduled to appear before congress and fight a second attempt to impeach him in the space of three months. Ironically, the arithmetic had been looking favourable for Kuczynski surviving again, in the process delivering a severe blow to his political nemesis, Keiko Fujimori. That was until the day before Kuczynski stepped aside when he was compromised by several video recordings. Keiko has now recovered her mastery over her party, crushing a damaging internal revolt by her brother Kenji, and should reassert her dominance over the government after the first vice-president, Martín Vizcarra, takes up the reins of power.

When stable growth isn’t enough

A recently published Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report[1] puts its finger on an economic conundrum affecting Central America and the Dominican Republic (known as the CADR sub-region). These countries appear to have achieved admirable macroeconomic stability and steady growth, certainly relative to the rest of Latin America. But they don’t really seem to be developing. Why?

How to cope with the growing wave of Venezuelan migrants

People are leaving Venezuela in their tens and hundreds of thousands. Without guarantees that the new presidential election (and now also legislative elections as well) called for 22 April will be fair and free, the country’s multi-year social, political and economic crisis is showing no sign of coming to an early end. That means the flow of Venezuelans into Latin America and the Caribbean – and particularly into neighbouring countries like Colombia and Brazil – will continue to rise. Here we look at what the region is trying to do to cope with this humanitarian crisis.


The key to effective governance is compromise. In our March edition of the Latin American Regional Report: Brazil and Southern Cone, we look at how world leaders are working to bridge deep-set economic, geographical, and social divides in their respective countries to bring about lasting change.

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