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Weekly Report - 14 May 2020 (WR-20-19)

LEADER
Colombia’s President Iván Duque celebrated the capture of a member of the high command of the dissident Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) on 8 May...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Juan Guaidó has endured some uncomfortable weeks since he assumed the presidency of the opposition-controlled national assembly and decided to take on the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro over 16 months ago, but nothing compares with the last one...
When Peru first went into lockdown on 15 March, before a single coronavirus (Covid-19) death had been recorded in the country, President Martín Vizcarra was widely praised for his swift and decisive response...
Interior Minister Arturo Murillo condemned the “stupidity” of those protesting against Bolivia’s interim government in the midst of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, referring to the crowds that gathered in various parts of the country on 10 and 11 May...
COLOMBIA | Avianca files for bankruptcy...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
The 700km porous border that Paraguay shares with Brazil has historically been a source of concern for the Brazilian government as it has long been exploited by criminals to smuggle counterfeit goods, illegal drugs, and people from Paraguay...
The decision by Chilean retail giant Cencosud SA to pay dividends to its stakeholders while at the same time benefiting from a government employee furlough scheme has been heavily criticised by the administration led by President Sebastián Piñera...
For two months now, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has maintained that containing the coronavirus (Covid-19) cannot come at the cost of Brazilians’ jobs...
The Brazilian government has deployed troops to the Amazon, part of efforts to fight environmental crimes as deforestation is expected to surge with the start of the dry season (and increased wildfires)...
ARGENTINA | Taking debt renegotiations into extra time...
MEXICO
The Mexican military will bear the brunt of the government’s efforts to reduce violent homicides in the country, with all of the associated human rights concerns, for at least another four years, according to a presidential decree issued this week...
Mexico’s automotive industry, as well as its mining and construction sectors, will reopen on 18 May, and a gradual lifting of measures to contain the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic will follow on 1 June...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
President Juan Orlando Hernández is once again on the defensive after being implicated in drug-related allegations which emerged in charges announced by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) against Juan Carlos ‘El Tigre’ Bonilla, a former national police (PN) chief (2012-2013)...
A “non-partisan” response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
POSTSCRIPT
The government led by President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou has managed to control the outbreak of Covid-19 in Uruguay so far, keeping fatalities from the coronavirus down to 19, with just over 700 confirmed cases...
“He is capable of signing a contract to kill his political rival, who in the world does this?”..

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