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Weekly Report - 06 August 2020 (WR-20-31)

LEADER
Peru’s congress tipped the country into another political crisis on 4 August by denying a vote of confidence in the prime minister, Pedro Cateriano, and his cabinet...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
This week marks a decade since former president Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010) left office, and yet ‘uribismo’ remains a potent political force in Colombia, propelling current president Iván Duque to power in 2018, and shaping the debate on security and peace that lies at the heart of many of the country’s problems...
The publication of a statement on 2 August, signed by 27 Venezuelan opposition parties, confirmed plans to boycott the country’s upcoming legislative election, scheduled for 6 December...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
It has been achieved...
After institutional tensions in Brazil reached new heights in late May and June, President Jair Bolsonaro and his most ardent followers appear to have somewhat toned down their provocations against congress and the supreme court (STF)...
Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera delivered the annual state-of-the-nation address before a sparsely filled congress in Valparaíso on 31 July (for sanitary reasons, most lawmakers joined the event remotely)...
CHILE | Pandemic’s economic toll worsens...
MEXICO & USMCA
Mexico’s security forces have arrested one of the country’s most wanted criminals...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Exactly five months to the day after losing Guyana’s general election, President David Granger conceded defeat on 2 August...
Guatemala’s judicial and political tensions erupted once again this week...
Panama’s economy, consistently at the forefront of regional growth, will contract by 9% in 2020, President Laurentino Cortizo acknowledged to businessmen on 30 July...
Relations between the government and the Catholic Church in Nicaragua, tense at the best of times, took a turn for the worse this week when a fire in Managua cathedral consumed a sculpture of Jesus Christ brought to the country in 1638...
POSTSCRIPT
Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno celebrated the completion of a debt-restructuring deal with bondholders this week...
“Despite the health and economic crisis we are enduring, congress decided to add another political crisis to the detriment of everybody.”..

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