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Weekly Report - 17 June 2021 (WR-21-24)

LEADER
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sought to regain the initiative this week after the setback suffered in the mid-term federal congressional elections on 6 June...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Colombia’s centre-left Coalición de la Esperanza presented its electoral platform this week ahead of presidential elections in May 2022...
The testimony of the imprisoned former interim president Jeanine Áñez (2019-2020) has put another former occupant of the presidential palace in the crosshairs of the left-wing Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) government...
Ecuador’s former president Lenín Moreno (2017-2021) is facing scrutiny over whether his administration supplied weapons to the Bolivian government led by former interim president Jeanine Áñez (2019-2020)...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Only one of Chile’s 16 regional governors that take office on 14 July will represent President Sebastián Piñera’s right-of-centre Chile Vamos coalition...
The Argentine government has taken some controversial foreign policy moves in recent months...
Wellington da Silva Braga, better known as ‘Ecko’, was one of Brazil’s most wanted men...
Vice President Hamilton Mourão, who heads the Brazilian government’s Amazon Council, has said that President Jair Bolsonaro has given the green light for the army to be redeployed to the Amazon as part of efforts to fight deforestation, despite its poor results last time around...
The collapse of a road bridge that led to the death of three people and injured another three is the latest case of suspected gross negligence that the Paraguayan government led by President Mario Abdo Benítez must now face...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
A mission from the Organization of American States (OAS) last week arrived in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince for a three-day visit, the purpose of which was to facilitate a dialogue that would “lead to free and fair elections”...
In a world first, El Salvador last week approved legislation adopting the cryptocurrency bitcoin as legal tender alongside the US dollar, the country’s official currency...
POSTSCRIPT
Peruvians are still waiting for the national electoral authorities (Onpe) to declare a victor in the second round run-off between Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Castillo...
“An electoral reform is needed to bring true independence to the electoral process…so that there is democracy because for a long time those that should have been acting like judges have acted in favour of interest groups.”..

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