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Weekly Report - 11 February 2021 (WR-21-06)

LEADER
Ecuador’s presidential contest will go to a second round...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
In recent weeks, Colombia’s President Iván Duque has faced growing criticism over his government’s failure to tackle the problem of escalating violence in the country, or to implement proper protections for those hit hardest [WR-21-04]...
Responding to the announcement by the national assembly (AN) of plans to prosecute him on charges including corruption, the usurpation of public functions, and treason, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó noted that the government-led legislature “knows very well where to find me”...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
At the beginning of February, Brazil’s bicameral congress returned from recess for a new legislative year under new leadership [WR-21-05]...
“Let’s hope that you, from the press, can give us a hand communicating the good things that the government is doing,” Juan Manuel Brunetti, Paraguay’s newly appointed communications minister, exhorted of journalists after his swearing-in ceremony on 9 February...
ARGENTINA | Debt restructuring...
MEXICO
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador does not shy away from political confrontation...
MEXICO | Remittances and agriculture provide silver lining...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Opposition parties are trying to form a parallel government, naming supreme court judge Joseph Mécène Jean Louis as Haiti’s interim president for two years...
New legislative changes approved last week, which increase the time that people can be detained without accusation from 48 hours to 90 days, are serving as the latest cause for concern among the opposition ahead of November’s general elections in Nicaragua...
Political tensions are riding very high in El Salvador just over two weeks ahead of crucial legislative elections...
POSTSCRIPT
Flames engulfed a dozen public buildings in a municipality in southern Chile on 6 February as protesters vented their anger at the Carabineros militarised police over the killing of a popular street juggler...
“It leaves you with a feeling of impotence not having someone on the inside to see what they are cooking up.”..

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