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Weekly Report - 25 March 2021 (WR-21-12)

LEADER
There is a growing risk that the most important elections for 30 years in Chile could fall prey to the pandemic...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Just ahead of the second round of Ecuador’s presidential election due on 11 April, outgoing President Lenín Moreno and other key officials have reacted with outrage at the content of the ombudsman’s 90-page report on the protests of October 2019...
With only two months left in office, President Lenín Moreno is hiring and firing health ministers at an accelerated rate...
Bolivia’s President Luis Arce conducted his first foreign visit this week since taking office last November...
The Colombian government needs to dismantle criminal networks and corruption in the south-western Pacific port city of Buenaventura, said Juliette de Rivero, a representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on 19 March, after a visit to the city...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
On 24 March 2020, to the sound of ‘panelaços’ (pots-and-pans protests) across Brazil, a politically isolated President Jair Bolsonaro delivered a national televised address in which he downplayed the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and criticised state governors for imposing restrictions in a bid to contain the spread of the disease...
Despite recent reports of bitter policy disagreements with Vice President Cristina Fernández, President Alberto Fernández has been proclaimed as the new head of the Partido Justicialista (PJ), representing an inner party coalition called ‘Unity and Federalism’...
BRAZIL | Worsening pandemic blights economic outlook...
MEXICO
A federal judge has ordered the indefinite suspension of the electricity reform approved by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador after ruling that it curtails free competition in the domestic electricity market and may be unconstitutional...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
El Salvador’s supreme electoral tribunal (TSE) has released final results from the 28 February legislative elections which confirm that President Nayib Bukele’s Nuevas Ideas (NI) party will have an unprecedented two-thirds majority in the new 84-member national assembly which takes up its seats in May...
“The Biden administration wants to work with strong partners in Guatemala that are committed to fighting corruption and upholding the rule of law...
REGION | Poverty...
POSTSCRIPT
Two Venezuelan soldiers were killed in frontier clashes on 21 March with “irregular armed Colombian groups”, according to a statement issued by the Bolivarian armed forces (FANB)...
“If we reach the conclusion that we cannot meet both conditions – confronting the pandemic and the need for a democratic process – we will have to put the principle of protecting public health uppermost”...

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