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Weekly Report - 22 July 2021 (WR-21-29)

LEADER
Chile’s presidential race took an intriguing turn on 18 July...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Pedro Castillo was officially proclaimed the victor of Peru’s disputed presidential election on 19 July, putting an end to the longest vote count in Peruvian history...
The reputation of Colombia’s security forces took a battering during the recent weeks of anti-government protests, which were met with widely documented police brutality...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
The customary pre-election talk of political reform has begun in Brasília ahead of next year’s presidential elections, including discussions on the possibility of moving towards installing a semi-presidential system...
The inter-state consortium for the sustainable development of the Legal Amazon, which groups the governors of the nine Brazilian states which are fully or partially in the Amazon rainforest, launched a Plano de Recuperação Verde (green recovery plan, PRV) on 16 July...
A year after Uruguay’s national congress approved the Ley de Urgente Consideración (LUC) [WR-20-27], an omnibus reform presented by President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou shortly after he took office in March 2020, opponents of the LUC succeeded in gathering enough signatures to stage a referendum on whether to repeal parts of the law...
MEXICO
The issue of spying shot to prominence once again in Mexico this week...
The Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) is struggling to come to terms with life on the fringes of power...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Ariel Henry has taken over as Haiti’s latest prime minister after interim prime minister Claude Joseph announced he was stepping aside...
As is the case every year the ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) held celebrations to mark the 19 July anniversary of the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship (1936-1979), a regime which many of its detractors now compare with the government led by President Daniel Ortega...
Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei last week declared a two-week state of prevention to begin on 14 July...
El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele launched the fourth phase of his government’s Plan Control Territorial (PCT) security initiative, codenamed ‘Incursion’, this week...
POSTSCRIPT
A week of uneasy calm in Cuba followed the protests that erupted across the island on 11 July [WR-21-28]...
“There is a cycle of change underway…we are stuck in the Bachelet-Piñera era but now the conversation is different...

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