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Weekly Report - 28 May 2020 (WR-20-21)

LEADER
Argentina defaulted on its foreign debt on 22 May, the ninth default in the country’s history...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
A suggestion by the defence minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, that the November 2016 peace agreement with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) should be modified has caused new controversy...
In a public address on 24 May, Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Áñez told the country: “I recognise that there are things that have not gone the best way in the enormous task of confronting the virus...
On 24 May, the third anniversary of his inauguration, Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno outlined the agenda for his final year in office...
Escorted by the Venezuelan navy and air force, five Iranian tankers began arriving at Venezuelan ports from 24 May onwards, carrying an estimated 1.5m barrels of petrol between them...
Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra, known for his early and rigorous application of lockdown measures to fight the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, has announced faster-than-expected measures to re-open the economy...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
For several weeks now, the coronavirus (Covid-19) public health emergency in Brazil has been deepening in parallel with an unfolding political crisis...
With the coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic in Chile still wreaking havoc on the country’s health system, economy, and society, President Sebastián Piñera has reached out to all political actors and asked for help in finding solutions to the problems assailing his government...
MEXICO
The strategy implemented by Mexico’s federal government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to address the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is fuelling tensions with state governments...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina has ordered a re-opening of the economy after the country registered a decline in new coronavirus (Covid-19) infections...
New border restrictions imposed by Costa Rica’s government on foreign truckers as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is serving as the latest test for Central American integration efforts...
POSTSCRIPT
President Dési Bouterse’s grip on power in Suriname could be coming to an end...
“This is like the Titanic, we’ve got an iceberg ahead and we can choose to hit it head-on or from the side – but the crash is inevitable.”..

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