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Weekly Report - 02 July 2020 (WR-20-26)

LEADER
Ecuador’s presidential race is off to an eventful start...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Seemingly unperturbed by the raft of international criticism that greeted its appointment [WR-20-24], Venezuela’s controversial new electoral council (CNE) has persevered with preparations for the country’s legislative elections...
President Iván Duque’s call for people to “learn to live with this virus” seemed to represent a watershed moment in the course of Colombia’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
On 30 June President Martín Vizcarra announced the end of the extended national lockdown of 107 days to contain the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Ibaneis Rocha, the governor of Brazil’s Federal District (DF – the administrative region which encompasses the capital Brasília), declared a state of public calamity on 29 June due to the continuing coronavirus (Covid-19) emergency...
When Carlos Decotelli tendered his resignation as Brazil’s education minister on 30 June, he had been in the post a mere five days and was yet to be officially sworn in...
A full 100 days since declaring a lockdown in Argentina while witnessing the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic ravage Europe, President Alberto Fernández made a concerted effort to contain the virus in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires (Amba) before it gets out of control...
Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez delivered his second annual state-of-the-nation address to congress on 1 July...
MEXICO
Serious questions over the effectiveness of the national security strategy pursued by the Mexican government are being raised once again following a series of major incidents this week...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
An oral hearing into Guyana’s long-running border controversy with Venezuela began in the International Criminal Court of Justice (ICJ) on 30 June...
“A criminal code of impunity”...
The statutes of the new opposition ‘National Coalition’ (Coalición Nacional) have been ratified by its members – four months after its launch...
CUBA | Battling Covid-19 economic fallout...
POSTSCRIPT
President Danilo Medina hit the campaign trail in the final days before presidential and congressional elections in the Dominican Republic on 5 July in a last-ditch effort to revive the fortunes of his chosen successor, Gonzalo Castillo, and preserve the political dominance of the Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD)...
“We’re going to carry out a short but very creative electoral campaign...

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