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Weekly Report - 18 February 2021 (WR-21-07)

LEADER
No country in Latin America has been hit harder by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic than Peru, both in terms of loss of life and economic damage...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Ecuador is no closer to defining the participants in the second round of presidential elections on 11 April...
For months, the government of Nicolás Maduro and the opposition led by Juan Guaidó have been shouting at each other...
Seven left-wing political parties announced a “historic pact” on 11 February, to build a political coalition capable of winning a majority in next year’s presidential and congressional elections...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
President Jair Bolsonaro signed off on four decrees on 12 February which increase ease of access to firearms and ammunition in Brazil...
The death of Carlos Saúl Menem, a long-serving former president of Argentina (1989-1999), has triggered reflection on the shifting political composition of Argentina’s ruling Peronist movement...
There have been plenty of surprises over how well – and how badly – different countries have dealt with the different phases of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
CHILE | Solar power plant...
MEXICO
A major blackout affecting millions of Mexicans has once again raised serious questions about the suitability of the energy policies promoted by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...
Mexico has had a poor start to its coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination programme, but this has not yet had a negative impact on the approval rating of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...
MEXICO | Interest rate cut...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Mass protests took place in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince at end of last week calling for President Jovenel Moïse to resign...
Earlier this week El Salvador’s opposition-controlled national legislature announced it was setting up an ad-hoc committee to study a new bill aimed at strengthening the International Commission against Impunity in El Salvador (Cicies)...
POSTSCRIPT
President Jair Bolsonaro’s desire to be re-elected in 2022 is believed by many in Brazil to guide most of his actions and decisions...
“Nothing excuses what I have done, least of all the hiding of it...

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