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Weekly Report - 10 June 2021 (WR-21-23)

LEADER
Peru is poised to lurch leftwards on 28 July when Pedro Castillo will take office, assuming the electoral authorities confirm that he has narrowly defeated his right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori in the second round of presidential elections on 6 June...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Negotiations between Colombia’s government and the national strike committee (CNP) to end the ongoing civil unrest have stalled once again, with the CNP suspending discussions after accusing government negotiators of deliberately obstructing progress in the dialogue...
The fault lines in President Guillermo Lasso’s coalition in the national assembly with the indigenous Pachakutik (PK) party were made clear on 3 June, when the leaders of Ecuador’s umbrella indigenous organisation Conaie, laid out their opposition to key elements of Lasso’s agenda...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
It has the highest rates of vaccination in Latin America and indeed one of the highest in the world...
One Sunday in May, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro stood atop a sound truck in Rio de Janeiro, having just led a motorcade of some 10,000 bikers through the city, repeating his well-worn anti-lockdown discourse to the throng gathered below...
The past year has been a difficult one for Brazil as a whole, but the inhabitants of Manaus, the capital of the northern state of Amazonas, have arguably had it particularly tough: the city of two million deep in the Amazon jungle was one of the country’s worst-hit areas in both the first and second wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections; it has recently been affected by flooding due to heavy rains; and it is now suffering from a wave of criminally driven violence...
MEXICO
By most yardsticks, the mega elections held on 6 June produced an impressive result for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena)...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
US Vice President Kamala Harris this week paid a visit to Guatemala - her first foreign trip in the post...
In just over a week, four opposition pre-presidential candidates for the 7 November general elections, in which President Daniel Ortega is seeking a further term for the ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN), have been arrested...
POSTSCRIPT
Key obstacles remain in the way of direct negotiations between Venezuela’s de facto president Nicolás Maduro and the leader of the opposition, Juan Guaidó, who is now calling for mass protests in an effort to force Maduro into dialogue...
“The people have spoken.”..

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