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Weekly Report - 03 June 2021 (WR-21-22)

LEADER
Talks between the Colombian government led by President Iván Duque and the Comité Nacional del Paro (CNP), which represents some of the organisations that have been staging public protests, to end over a month of violent nationwide demonstrations appeared to be inching forward in late May...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Peru’s run-off presidential ballot – due on 6 June – was dominated up to the last moment by negative campaigning with voters warned against both the perils of ‘communism’, in the shape of left-wing radical Pedro Castillo, or crony capitalism, embodied by right-winger Keiko Fujimori...
After being held as hostages for over a month, eight Venezuelan soldiers have been released by their captors, members of the dissident 10th Front of the disbanded Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrilla group...
On the campaign trail, Ecuador’s new President Guillermo Lasso pitched himself as the candidate that would win the goodwill of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)...
BOLIVIA | Exports picking up...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) released the country’s first quarter GDP results on 1 June, prompting a flurry of optimism: with 1.2% quarterly growth and 1.0% year-on-year growth, the Brazilian economy has exceeded expectations and recovered to pre-coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic levels...
Thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on 29 May to protest against President Jair Bolsonaro and his government’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Argentina failed to pay US$2.4bn owed to the Paris Club of government lenders and due on 31 May...
After a presidency deeply shaken by the protests of 2019 and the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic of 2020, Chile’s Sebastián Piñera delivered his last state-of-the-nation address to congress on 1 June, calling for adversaries “to abandon the politics of the trenches” and to focus on dialogue...
MEXICO
Political and institutional tensions have been a feature of the electoral process that will conclude with Mexico’s 6 June midterm federal legislative, state, and municipal elections...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
The Organization of American States (OAS) has confirmed that it will be sending a five-member delegation to Haiti “no later than mid-June” to facilitate a dialogue that would lead to “free and fair elections”...
PANAMA | Cortizo unveils plan to develop electricity sector...
POSTSCRIPT
Costa Rica has become the fourth country from Latin America and the Caribbean to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) after Mexico, Chile, and Colombia...
“We’re seeing the boiling over of a lot of problems that the pandemic brought, not only in Colombia but in the world...

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