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Weekly Report - 07 January 2021 (WR-21-01)

LEADER
Few of the anniversaries of the Cuban Revolution celebrated on 1 January have been as momentous as the 62nd...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
In a statement published on 6 January, the high representative for foreign affairs of the European Union (EU), Josep Borrell, expressed “deep regret” that Venezuela’s new government-led national assembly had “assumed its mandate on 5 January on the basis of non-democratic elections”, and he stated the EU’s support for all those “striving to bring back democracy to Venezuela, including in particular [opposition leader] Juan Guaidó and other representatives of the outgoing national assembly elected in 2015”...
Bolivians are gearing up for the country’s third elections in as many years...
As the clock ticks down towards Ecuador’s 7 February general election, the confusion that has come to characterise the preparations for this vote has by no means dissipated...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
On 1 January, new and re-elected mayors were sworn in across Brazil for a four-year term...
The Argentine government led by President Alberto Fernández may be facing midterm legislative elections this year, but this has not stopped it from advancing some controversial initiatives...
The revelations about dubious dealings involving Paraguay’s state-owned oil firm (Petropar) forced the resignation of a senior Paraguayan government official over the Christmas period...
MEXICO & USMCA
A massive blackout affecting more than 10m Mexicans in a third of the country’s states on 28 December has set the stage for a fierce debate between the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the political opposition, led by the main right-wing opposition Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), over renewable energy in Mexico...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
“Another step…moving the country further away from the rule of law”...
The recent murders of two indigenous environmental activists have reignited existing concerns about the dangers facing human rights defenders (HRDs) in Honduras, which NGOs like Global Witness already note is particularly high...
EL SALVADOR | Bukele blasts budget...
POSTSCRIPT
Three people died, including a minor, when agricultural workers clashed with police during protests on 30 December...
“What must be revised will be revised and what must or can be corrected will be corrected.”..

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