Ones to Watch: 16 January 2016

  Americas: Nicaragua’s President Ortega sworn in for third consecutive term Sectors:  all Key Risks: policy continuity; economic hardship In Nicaragua, former Sandinista guerrilla leader Daniel Ortega took office on 10 January for a third consecutive five-year presidential term with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice-president. The Ortega-Murillo ticket won 72.5 per cent of...

Ones to Watch: 9 January 2016

  Americas: further protests against the ‘gasolinazo’ expected across Mexico Sectors: oil and gas; commercial; cargo transport Key Risks: looting; violent civil unrest; disruptive blockades In Mexico, further violent unrest over the controversial 14-20 per cent hike in gasoline and fuel prices effective since 1 January should be expected over the coming days. Protests...

Ones to Watch: 19 December 2016

Americas: protests likely to continue as president delays currency withdrawal Sectors: all Key Risks: civil unrest Police in Venezuela arrested more than 300 demonstrators following protests in several cities over President Nicolas Maduro’s decision to withdraw the 100 bolivar note from circulation. Maduro blamed the crisis on international sabotage after the planes carrying the...

Ones to Watch: 12 December 2016

Americas: Temer faces crucial Senate vote amid increased corruption-fallout risk Sectors: all Key Risks: political instability; policy uncertainty; violent civil unrest; strikes In Brazil, the Senate is expected to hold the final vote on President Michel Temer’s proposed constitutional amendment to cap public spending on 13 December. Temer’s controversial fiscal austerity plan has recently...