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Weekly Report - 24 September 2020 (WR-20-38)

LEADER
Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro addressed the United Nations General Assembly on 23 September...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
“Today finished what should never have started.” That is how Bolivia’s former interim president Jorge Quiroga (2001-2002) described the decision by the country’s incumbent interim president Jeanine Áñez on 17 September to pull out of the presidential elections which are due to take place on 18 October...
In the end, Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra staved off an attempt by congress to impeach him for moral incapacity comfortably enough on 18 September...
The return of thousands of Colombians to the streets for a day of national strike action on 21 September was a worrying sight for President Iván Duque...
Ecuador’s electoral council (CNE) issued its official call for elections on 17 September, confirming that voting will take place on 7 February 2021...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
A public call from an international entity – be it an NGO, an investment fund or a government – for Brazil to step up environmental protection efforts, followed by a fierce but often incoherent defence from a representative in the Brazilian government, has become a familiar leitmotif under President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration...
After two years of recession, the government led by President Alberto Fernández was hoping that Argentina’s economy would start to recover in 2020...
MEXICO & USMCA
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador came under fire on 17 September from hundreds of intellectuals who signed an open letter in defence of freedom of expression, and urged him to desist from politically polarising and inflammatory rhetoric...
Jaime Fernando Cárdenas Gracia became the eleventh senior government official to quit the administration led by Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador this week...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
The Honduran electoral authority (CNE) has officially set the date of 14 March 2021 for primary elections ahead of the general election in November next year...
In a speech marking his first month in office, on 16 September President Luis Abinader said his Partido Revolucionario Moderno (PRM) government was undertaking an assessment of the previous Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD) administration to see where public money was misspent...
President Carlos Alvarado last week unveiled the proposal by his centre-left Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) government to kick off negotiations for a three-year US$1.75bn financial assistance programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)...
SURINAME | China and the US...
POSTSCRIPT
Uruguayans will cast their ballots on 27 September in departmental and municipal elections postponed from May due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
“This is a shocking report that shows what we live through, the reality, and the suffering of thousands of Venezuelans.”  ..

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