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Weekly Report - 18 March 2021 (WR-21-11)

LEADER
Bolivia’s prevailing political polarisation deepened dramatically this week and could spill over into violence...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
The door slammed shut on the electoral prospects of Yaku Pérez on 14 March...
All the signs are that Venezuela is beginning to experience a damaging second wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
As the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic reaches new heights in Brazil, and with political pressure growing, President Jair Bolsonaro has moved to replace the current health minister, serving army general Eduardo Pazuello, with a doctor...
Despite the success of Chile’s vaccination programme, a new wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases is again threatening to overrun the public health system, just as the authorities are organising complex combined local and constituent assembly elections on 11 April...
Argentina has a new justice minister...
BRAZIL | Fiscal reform paves way for new round of pandemic aid...
MEXICO
With the support of the Mexican government, US President Joe Biden has set out to humanise the treatment of Central American migrants travelling overland to try and enter the US...
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has come out with all guns blazing in defence of his electricity sector reforms, which look to be at the centre of a potentially protracted constitutional battle...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Claims by Ana Paola Hall, the president of Honduras’s national electoral council (CNE), that the 14 March presidential primaries would be the “most transparent, free and fair electoral process of the last 12 years” are starting to ring somewhat hollow...
POSTSCRIPT
Paraguay’s ruling Asociación Nacional Republicana-Partido Colorado (ANR-PC) gave short shrift to an impeachment motion against President Mario Abdo Benítez and Vice President Hugo Velázquez presented in the lower chamber of congress by opposition parties on 17 March. ..
“The government is accelerating towards an autocratic model similar to Venezuela’s… [it is using] the notion of a false and inexistent ‘coup’ to pursue manipulated criminal proceedings against the main leaders of the opposition.”..

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