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Weekly Report - 19 March 2020 (WR-20-11)

LEADER
As the vast majority of Latin American countries are adopting drastic measures in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), the leaders of the region’s two economic powerhouses, jointly accounting for more than half of its population, are bucking the trend in defiance of their own government’s health strategies...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, South American countries have taken the first steps towards developing a coordinated regional response to the emergency...
As a global recession caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has come to seem increasingly unavoidable, economists in Brazil have been discussing the best approach to adopt in order to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on the country’s already fragile economy...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Increased efforts by Venezuela’s de facto president Nicolás Maduro in recent months towards international reconciliation [WR-20-05] have generally been received with little enthusiasm...
The spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) has provided an unwelcome disruption at a critical moment for Bolivian politics, as emergency protective measures have already greatly affected the campaign process ahead of May’s elections, and fears remain that the pandemic may yet be used to justify delaying the vote, further extending the contested mandate of Jeanine Áñez’s interim government...
The governments of both Ecuador and Peru ratcheted up their response to contain the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) this week by implementing some of the toughest measures in the region...
MEXICO
US law enforcement has landed “the single largest strike” against the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking organisation (DTO)...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
The long-ruling Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD) suffered a serious setback in the rescheduled municipal elections on 15 March...
El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele declared a national state of emergency last week in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
President Jovenel Moïse named his environment and interim economy & finance minister, Joseph Jouthe, as his new prime minister, filling a post which has been vacant for a year, after Jean Henry Céant was forced to quit following a no-confidence vote [WR-19-11]...
POSTSCRIPT
The declaration of a final result in Guyana’s disputed 2 March general elections is no closer...
“Don’t be surprised if you see me, over the next few days, getting on a crowded metro in São Paulo, on a boat crossing [from Rio de Janeiro] to Niterói, on a bus in Belo Horizonte...

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