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Weekly Report - 01 July 2021 (WR-21-26)

LEADER
When Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández came to power in December 2019 it was widely assumed that his term in office would be defined by his government’s ability to balance economic imperatives with social demands...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
The bullets that slammed into the military helicopter carrying President Iván Duque on 25 June marked the second high-profile attack on Colombia’s authorities in 10 days, and triggered alarm that the country’s internal conflict may be intensifying once again...
With her options narrowing, Keiko Fujimori is now turning her attention to trying to secure an international audit of the second round of presidential elections staged on 6 June...
COLOMBIA | Second metro line gets green light...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
The Brazilian government led by President Jair Bolsonaro already has a poor track record where its response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) public health crisis is concerned...
Ricardo Salles, Brazil’s controversial environment minister, unexpectedly tendered his resignation on 23 June...
Uruguay’s President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou made an unexpected change at the top of the agriculture, livestock, and fisheries ministry this week...
CHILE | Economy gathering speed...
MEXICO
There has been an eye-catching departure from the federal executive led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...
Several prominent journalists and columnists in Mexico alleged last week that they are being spied upon by the federal government...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
“Addressing an historic debt”...
A local NGO, Centro de Incidencia Ambiental (Ciam), and other environmental groups last week presented a legislative bill demanding a moratorium on metallic mining in Panama...
POSTSCRIPT
Although Paraguay is still grappling with a wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections that has led to a sharp rise in deaths, national security issues came back into focus this week following two significant developments...
“I hope I am wrong but it looks like we will reach independence day [on 9 July] with more than 100,000 [Covid-19] fatalities...

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