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Weekly Report - 27 May 2021 (WR-21-21)

Leader
Ecuador moved definitively to the right of the political spectrum on 24 May when Guillermo Lasso, a conservative former banker, was inaugurated as head of state...
Andean Countries
Just as she got within touching distance, Keiko Fujimori seems to have fallen slightly further behind Pedro Castillo, according to the latest electoral surveys ahead of Peru’s presidential run-off on 6 June...
The resignation of Colombia’s high commissioner for peace, Miguel Ceballos, could not have come at a worse time for President Iván Duque...
Venezuela’s national medical association (ANM) issued a stark warning on 24 May, arguing that the government’s “spasmodic, insufficient and unplanned” rollout of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccinations is contributing to “a rapidly growing humanitarian catastrophe”...
ECUADOR | Cacao boom on the horizon...
Brazil & Southern Cone
Brazil’s next presidential election is still 17 months away, but the country is already gearing up for a battle between President Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing populist, and Lula da Silva, a charismatic but divisive leftist former president (2003-2011)...
Argentina’s health minister, Carla Vizzotti, participated in the morning press conference of Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on 25 May to confirm the arrival in both countries this weekend, after months of delay, of the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines they have produced jointly...
Uruguay’s President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou was forced to reshuffle his cabinet this week after the sudden death of the interior minister, Jorge Larrañaga, a political grandee...
BRAZIL | Investment levels remain subdued...
Mexico
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is not fond of autonomous government entities over which he can exert little control...
MEXICO | Refinery purchase...
Central America & Caribbean
In recent days two opposition parties, Partido Conservador (PC) and Partido de Restauración Democrática (PRD), have effectively been eliminated from the 7 November general election after the electoral authority (CSE) cancelled their legal status...
An agreement “without conditions”...
Postscript
Chile’s senate is currently debating two bills which could reshape the country’s mining industry...
“My strength will be measured not by how much I can raise my voice to shout but how far I listen to the people before speaking”...

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