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Weekly Report - 15 April 2021 (WR-21-15)

LEADER
Ecuador will shift to the right of the political spectrum on 24 May after Guillermo Lasso triumphed in the second round of presidential elections...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
The first round of presidential elections in Peru ran to form with an unorthodox result...
While the global spotlight was focused more on the outcome of the presidential elections in Ecuador and the general election in Peru, there were also regional elections staged in Bolivia on 11 April...
Amid a worsening second wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections, the government of Nicolás Maduro announced that it has made an advance payment for 11.37m vaccine doses to be delivered through the Covax Facility Initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO)...
Colombia’s President Iván Duque held meetings this week with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the regional director of the US National Security Council (NSC), as the governments of both countries sought to strengthen their cooperation in a range of areas...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
US President Joe Biden’s administration has been carrying out talks with President Jair Bolsonaro’s government in Brazil in a bid to reach an agreement on environmental conservation in the Amazon...
This week, the Brazilian senate put into motion the process of setting up a commission of parliamentary inquiry (CPI) to investigate the government of President Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
MEXICO
Mexico’s federal electoral tribunal (TEPJF) has issued two rulings backing decisions taken by the national electoral institute (INE) that had been challenged by the ruling left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena)...
The deaths of hundreds of thousands of people could have been prevented last year if the Mexican government had better managed the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
The new US envoy for Central America, Ricardo Zúñiga, paid his first visit to the sub-region last week...
José Daniel Ferrer, the leader of Cuban dissident group Unión Patriótica de Cuba (Unpacu), has claimed victory after he and a group of activists called off a hunger strike demanding an end to repression by the Cuban state...
GUATEMALA | Remittance record...
POSTSCRIPT
In a speech from the gardens of the presidential residence in Olivos on 7 April, Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández, who has been in self-isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19), announced a range of new lockdown measures...
“We will work together from now on for true change...

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