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Weekly Report - 20 May 2021 (WR-21-20)

LEADER
Chile’s traditional political class was dealt a hammer blow in elections held on 15 and 16 May...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Guillermo Lasso has taken a significant political gamble that could define his presidency...
Colombia’s protests are showing no signs of abating...
Pedro Castillo, the far-left candidate standing for Perú Libre in Peru’s second-round presidential election on 6 June, has seen his once-striking lead over Keiko Fujimori of the right-wing Fuerza Popular (FP) evaporate over the last two weeks...
The killing of ‘Jesús Santrich’ (Seuxis Paucias Hernández), a dissident commander of the disbanded Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc), has shattered the notion that his Segunda Marquetalia unit was effectively untouchable in Venezuela...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
A senate-led congressional commission of inquiry (CPI) investigating the Brazilian executive’s handling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is, as expected, causing some discomfort for the government led by President Jair Bolsonaro...
The new executive board of Brazil’s state-owned oil firm Petrobras made its first public appearance on 14 May, in a press conference discussing the company’s first quarter results...
ARGENTINA | Debt deal...
MEXICO
Insecurity and violence have been major problems in Mexico for well over a decade...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
The Cuban government continues to highlight the damaging impact of the decades-old US embargo and tighter sanctions adopted under the previous US administration led by Donald Trump (2017-2021) as key causes of the economic strife afflicting the island which has also been badly affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Less than a month after taking up its seats, Guatemala’s new constitutional court (CC) has already sparked controversy...
POSTSCRIPT
Inflation is once again a major source of concern in Argentina...
“We are being questioned by new [social] expressions and leaderships...

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