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Weekly Report - 25 June 2020 (WR-20-25)

LEADER
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has always thrived off creating conflict and confusion...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Colombia’s President Iván Duque seized upon figures released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) last week to claim that his government is making progress in eradicating coca crops...
In an interview with news website Axios this week, US President Donald Trump caused a stir by hinting he would “maybe think about” meeting with Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro - whose enthusiastic response to this statement was mirrored by the panicked reaction of his rival, Juan Guaidó...
After two weeks of resistance, on 23 June Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Áñez finally promulgated the bill establishing 6 September as the rescheduled date for the country’s general election...
BOLIVIA | Loans politicised? The interim government led by Jeanine Áñez has accused the MAS-controlled legislature of blocking US$1.7bn in loans needed to finance Bolivia’s response to the health crisis, including US$327m from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
It may only be two weeks since Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera appointed Enrique Paris as his new health minister and promised changes in the way his administration has been trying to tackle the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
The Argentine government led by President Alberto Fernández faces a dilemma...
MEXICO
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is moving to concentrate more power in his hands...
When Senator Lilly Téllez defected from the ruling left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) to the right-wing opposition Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) in early June, she described her former colleagues as “cannibals”...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
President Alejandro Giammattei last week sacked the head of the health ministry (MSPAS), Hugo Monroy, and three of his deputies...
Boasting that it was the “biggest hospital in Latin America for the exclusive treatment of Covid-19 patients”, President Nayib Bukele inaugurated the first phase of ‘Hospital El Salvador’...
POSTSCRIPT
Guyana remains mired in an electoral quagmire...
“If we don’t work together the pandemic of unemployment, inequality, poverty, and hunger will sweep across the region with the voracity of an infectious virus.”..

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