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Weekly Report - 07 May 2020 (WR-20-18)

LEADER
Of all the convoluted schemes and stratagems, some real and some imagined, devised to topple the Bolivarian government since it took root in Venezuela in 1999, nothing surpasses in implausibility the plot that unfolded on 3 and 4 May...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
The Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group’s unilateral ceasefire throughout the month of April had been a rare cause for optimism in Colombia’s peace process, with the ELN itself suggesting that a temporary truce in the face of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic could represent a significant step towards building an enduring peace...
For the second time in just over six months, election day in Bolivia has come and gone with no result in sight...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
“We have reached the limit...
Just five months after Alberto Fernández donned the presidential sash, Argentina is teetering on the edge of default, something he promised to avoid...
Just days after President Sebastián Piñera announced a phased return to a “new normality” in Chile, to avert an economic crisis, a spike in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the metropolitan region of Santiago has compelled his government to tighten rather than loosen restrictions...
A political truce between Uruguay’s government and opposition is over...
MEXICO
The Mexican authorities estimate that the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak will reach its peak in the country this week...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo was recently compelled to publish official information on government acquisitions pertaining to efforts to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
President Carlos Alvarado delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address on 4 May, marking two years since his centre-left Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) government took office...
EL SALVADOR | Economic package approved...
POSTSCRIPT
Peru’s most high-profile prisoner, Keiko Fujimori, was released from pre-trial detention for the second time in six months on 4 May...
“A terrorist attack took place in the midst of the [Covid-19] pandemic…while our people are in lockdown...They were playing Rambo...

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