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Weekly Report - 17 September 2020 (WR-20-37)

LEADER
Peruvians are becoming inured to political crises...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Political tensions between President Iván Duque and the mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, burst into the open this week...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Like many newly elected leaders, in his inauguration speech Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández pledged that he would try to unite the country by building a broad political consensus over government policy...
The Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo (EPP) insurgent guerrilla group has struck back...
This year’s commemorations of the 11 September 1973 coup which overthrew president Salvador Allende (1970-1973) and installed the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) in Chile took place in an even more divisive climate than usual...
Anti-corruption campaigners in Brazil have expressed concern over the country’s efforts in fighting graft recently, seeing signs of serious setbacks in this area [WR-20-35], and notably to the ‘Lava Jato’ (Car Wash) operation launched in 2014...
MEXICO & USMCA
Before coming to power in December 2018, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador seized upon incidents like the deadly protests that took place last week over water rights in the north-eastern state of Chihuahua as confirmation of a neo-liberal ruling elite hopelessly out of touch with the country’s poor majority resorting to repression to assert its authority...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Nicaragua’s leading private sector lobby, Consejo Superior de la Empresa Privada (Cosep), has announced its withdrawal as an institution from Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD), part of the opposition Coalición Nacional (CN) which is seeking to challenge President Daniel Ortega and the ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) in elections next year...
Guyana is facing some of its worst racial unrest in years following the recent murders of two Afro-Guyanese teenagers and an apparent reprisal killing of an Indo-Guyanese youth...
POSTSCRIPT
The president of Bolivia’s supreme electoral tribunal (TSE), Salvador Romero, presented what he described as a “thoroughly sanitised electoral roll” on 14 September...
“In the midst of one of the worst health crises in our history, there are some sectors with dark interests who are determined to take advantage of the pandemic to subvert the democratic order, provoking a political crisis.”..

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