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Colombia gov’t confirms ELN is holding missing journalists

On 26 May Colombia’s defence minister, Luis Carlos Villegas, announced that based on the latest intelligence information, the government was “certain” that the Spanish journalist Salud Hernández Mora and two of her Colombian colleagues who recently disappeared in Colombia are being held captive by the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) leftist guerrilla group.

Ecuador’s Correa puts positive gloss on dismal picture

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa delivered his final state-of-the-nation address to the national assembly on 24 May after nine years in government. The phrase that occurred most frequently in Correa’s address was “the victorious decade” as he sought to convey the achievements of his whole mandate rather than the serious travails of the last year. But this could not conceal the fact that Ecuador faces by far the bleakest economic prospects of Correa’s tenure. The publication of an opinion survey on the eve of Correa’s address shows his approval rating has reached a nadir, suggesting that whoever replaces him at the helm of the ‘Citizens’ Revolution’ will struggle to win election for the ruling Alianza País (AP) next February.

First outlines of a new economic policy in Brazil

Michel Temer was sworn in as Brazil’s acting president on 12 May, after the Senate voted to begin an impeachment trial of the previous incumbent, Dilma Rousseff. The trial could take up to 180 days. Theoretically, Rousseff could return to the top job at some point during that period if she is found innocent of the charge that she manipulated the fiscal accounts. In political terms, the most likely outcome is that Temer will serve out the rest of her term in office, until the next general election due in October 2018. So for the next two years plus, economic policy is likely to be in the hands of the new president and his just-appointed finance minister, Henrique Meirelles. Investors are asking what this is likely to mean for Latin America’s largest economy.

VENEZUELA: Security deteriorating on all fronts

Venezuela’s security situation is deteriorating fast. The country faces a political crisis as government and opposition confront each other over a recall referendum to unseat President Nicolás Maduro; an economic crisis as the recession deepens amid power cuts and shortages of basic necessities; and a crisis of law enforcement as the activities of criminal gangs continue to expand.

Shaky start for Temer administration

In the end, the vote on whether to open an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil’s federal senate passed comfortably. It required only a simple majority of the 81 senators to proceed; in the vote early in the morning of 12 May after 20 hours of debate, 55 senators voted to suspend the president, meaning that Brazil’s vice-president, Michel Temer, assumed the powers of the presidency on an interim basis later that day. Barred from running for elected office again in 2018, the 74-year-old interim president appears determined to eschew the role of caretaker and instead carve a lasting mark on Brazilian politics. But a series of unforced errors, including questionable personnel choices and strong indications that his new team wishes to clamp down on ‘Operation Car Wash’ – the investigations into corruption at the state-owned oil firm Petrobras – promise only further tumult in the months ahead.

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Colombia gov’t confirms ELN is holding missing journalists

On 26 May Colombia’s defence minister, Luis Carlos Villegas, announced that based on the latest intelligence information, the government was “certain” that the Spanish journalist Salud Hernández Mora and two of her Colombian colleagues who recently disappeared in Colombia are being held captive by the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) leftist guerrilla group.

Ecuador’s Correa puts positive gloss on dismal picture

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa delivered his final state-of-the-nation address to the national assembly on 24 May after nine years in government. The phrase that occurred most frequently in Correa’s address was “the victorious decade” as he sought to convey the achievements of his whole mandate rather than the serious travails of the last year. But this could not conceal the fact that Ecuador faces by far the bleakest economic prospects of Correa’s tenure. The publication of an opinion survey on the eve of Correa’s address shows his approval rating has reached a nadir, suggesting that whoever replaces him at the helm of the ‘Citizens’ Revolution’ will struggle to win election for the ruling Alianza País (AP) next February.

First outlines of a new economic policy in Brazil

Michel Temer was sworn in as Brazil’s acting president on 12 May, after the Senate voted to begin an impeachment trial of the previous incumbent, Dilma Rousseff. The trial could take up to 180 days. Theoretically, Rousseff could return to the top job at some point during that period if she is found innocent of the charge that she manipulated the fiscal accounts. In political terms, the most likely outcome is that Temer will serve out the rest of her term in office, until the next general election due in October 2018. So for the next two years plus, economic policy is likely to be in the hands of the new president and his just-appointed finance minister, Henrique Meirelles. Investors are asking what this is likely to mean for Latin America’s largest economy.

VENEZUELA: Security deteriorating on all fronts

Venezuela’s security situation is deteriorating fast. The country faces a political crisis as government and opposition confront each other over a recall referendum to unseat President Nicolás Maduro; an economic crisis as the recession deepens amid power cuts and shortages of basic necessities; and a crisis of law enforcement as the activities of criminal gangs continue to expand.

Shaky start for Temer administration

In the end, the vote on whether to open an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil’s federal senate passed comfortably. It required only a simple majority of the 81 senators to proceed; in the vote early in the morning of 12 May after 20 hours of debate, 55 senators voted to suspend the president, meaning that Brazil’s vice-president, Michel Temer, assumed the powers of the presidency on an interim basis later that day. Barred from running for elected office again in 2018, the 74-year-old interim president appears determined to eschew the role of caretaker and instead carve a lasting mark on Brazilian politics. But a series of unforced errors, including questionable personnel choices and strong indications that his new team wishes to clamp down on ‘Operation Car Wash’ – the investigations into corruption at the state-owned oil firm Petrobras – promise only further tumult in the months ahead.

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Phone: +44 (0)203 695 2790+44 (0)203 695 2790

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