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Weekly Report - 04 June 2020 (WR-20-22)

LEADER
Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra celebrated the congressional vote of confidence obtained by his prime minister, Vicente Zeballos, on 29 May...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
After months of trading platitudes regarding the importance of national co-operation (or at least co-existence) in the fight against the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Venezuela’s government and opposition have finally taken a significant step towards making this a reality...
Interior Minister Arturo Murillo’s warning that the start of ‘flexible quarantine’ in Bolivia should not be mistaken for the end of isolation seems to have fallen on deaf ears, as large numbers of Bolivians returned to work on 1 June, including in municipalities where restrictions are still officially in place, even as deaths from coronavirus (Covid-19) continue to rise at an alarming rate...
Colombia’s high commissioner for peace, Miguel Ceballos, and deputy foreign minister, Francisco Echeverri, appeared before the senate on 2 June for a virtual session in which they came under fire over the country’s foreign policy...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
The government led by President Alberto Fernández has decided to extend, for a third time, the deadline for holders of US$66bn in sovereign bonds issued under international law to accept its debt restructuring offer...
The latest economic indicators released by the Chilean authorities show further signs of the deep impact that the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is having on the domestic economy...
A Datafolha poll released on 28 May shows that President Jair Bolsonaro’s share of support amongst Brazilians remains steady, at 33%...
The defence minister, Javier García, relieved the commander of the navy, Marcos Saralegui, of command on 3 June after a triple homicide which shocked Uruguay...
MEXICO
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is deepening political polarisation in Mexico...
MEXICO | Crisis? What crisis? The central bank Banco de México (Banxico) issued a bleak first quarter report on 27 May...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
After just six months in the job, Costa Rica’s finance minister Rodrigo Chaves tendered his resignation last week...
President Nayib Bukele was unable to deliver his first annual state-of-the-nation address before the legislative assembly this week after ‘Tropical Storm Amanda’ struck El Salvador, resulting in the declaration of another state of emergency and the legislative session being postponed...
COSTA RICA-REGION | Agreement to end truckers’ dispute...
POSTSCRIPT
The Dominican Republic government is coming under mounting pressure to expedite the process of reopening the tourism sector...
“São Paulo is the most important state economically and we will not allow a coup-plotting movement to install another dictatorship in Brazil under any circumstances...

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