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Weekly Report - 30 January 2020 (WR-20-04)

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Peru’s congressional elections on 26 January produced a clear loser: the right-wing Fuerza Popular (FP, Fujimoristas) was eviscerated...
Andean Countries
Bolivia’s presidential contest was turned on its head by interim president Jeanine Áñez’s bombshell announcement on 24 January that she would be standing as a candidate, despite her previous insistence that the mandate of the interim government was to administer the elections on 3 May independently...
As Juan Guaidó plans his return to Venezuela, and as preparations begin for renewed confrontations with Nicolás Maduro’s government, questions are beginning to be raised about what his international tour has achieved, and how it will affect the situation in Venezuela...
COLOMBIA | Responding to protests...
Brazil & Southern Cone
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández embarked on his first foreign trip this week in which he sought support for his government’s attempts to renegotiate the country’s debt with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)...
A recent public opinion poll has revealed that, for many Brazilians, President Jair Bolsonaro and his government are not performing as poorly as recent mainstream news coverage would suggest...
With the first round due on 4 October, Brazil’s municipal elections are now just under nine months away...
International scrutiny of the government led by President Sebastián Piñera has intensified this week following the arrival of an observer mission from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)...
Mexico
“It is bipolar now: two leaders and two factions at war...
MEXICO | USMCA boost...
Central America & Caribbean
President Juan Orlando Hernández marked his second year in office by pledging to move forward this year with a “new electoral system”...
Postscript
Costa Rica will hold municipal elections on 2 February...
“I think the public has punished confrontation...

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