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Weekly Report - 06 May 2021 (WR-21-18)

LEADER
If there were any remaining doubt about President Nayib Bukele’s commitment to democratic norms in El Salvador they were removed on 1 May...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
After five days of mass protests across Colombia, on 2 May President Iván Duque announced that he had ordered the withdrawal of the government’s divisive tax reform bill, which was swiftly followed by the resignation of its architect, the finance minister, Alberto Carrasquilla Barrera...
A new national electoral council (CNE) was formally installed in Venezuela on 4 May...
Keiko Fujimori has narrowed the lead held by Pedro Castillo ahead of the second round of presidential elections in Peru on 6 June...
Bolivia’s government has placed the scaling up of lithium extraction at the centre of its plans for the remainder of President Luis Arce’s term...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Brazil’s federal senate set up a parliamentary inquiry commission (CPI) last week to investigate the response of the government led by President Jair Bolsonaro to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which has been widely condemned as deficient...
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández suffered a setback on 4 May when the supreme court (CSJN) ruled that the federal government did not have the authority to order the closure of schools in the City of Buenos Aires (Caba) in a bid to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
MEXICO
The attempts by the federal attorney general’s office (FGR) to prosecute the governor of Tamaulipas state, Francisco Javier García Cabeza de Vaca, is producing major political tensions in Mexico...
The temporary release of a prominent drug trafficker on a dubious judicial order has led Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to insist on the need to enact the sweeping judicial reform proposed by his government and recently approved by congress [WR-20-50]...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Costa Rica’s health minister Daniel Salas last week announced the closure of non-essential businesses across the centre of the country from 3-9 May...
The release of final results from Honduras’s 14 March primaries after weeks of delay [WR-21-14] has failed to quell concerns regarding the electoral institutions ahead of the general election in November 2021...
POSTSCRIPT
Paraguayan senator Mirta Gusinky resigned on 3 May after it emerged that she was given a coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine before she was entitled to receive it...
“We didn’t just have the power to do it but the people asked us to...

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