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Weekly Report - 05 August 2021 (WR-21-31)

LEADER
After a short hiatus of stability under the interim presidency of Francisco Sagasti (2020-2021), Peru entered the more-familiar territory of political uncertainty this week...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Mario Montoya, a former general who played a key role in beating back the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) insurgency, will face trial for murder, according to Colombia’s attorney general, Francisco Barbosa...
The preventive detention of Bolivia’s former interim president Jeanine Áñez (2019-2020) was extended by a further six months on 3 August...
Quito has two mayors – or one, or none worthy of the role, depending on who is asked...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
The Chilean government led by President Sebastián Piñera finally has a reason to be hopeful...
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández has incited a new controversy this week by suggesting that there should be term limits for the country’s judges...
President Jair Bolsonaro’s insistence that a reform to Brazil’s voting system is necessary to avoid the alleged risk of fraud in next year’s presidential election is stoking tensions...
A fire consumed parts of a warehouse of Brazil’s cinematheque in São Paulo on 29 July, destroying film archives and historical documents...
A wave of deadly violence has hit northern Paraguay this week...
MEXICO
The first legally sanctioned national popular consultation to be held in Mexico has backfired on the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...
MEXICO | The road to economic recovery...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Latin America has seen no shortage of electoral surprises in recent years as volatile voters in an increasingly turbulent world reject mainstream political parties...
The nationwide anti-corruption protests staged on 29 July demanding the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei and the attorney general, Consuelo Porras, did not meet their objective: Giammattei and Porras are still there...
POSTSCRIPT
A massive model of a gorilla consumed by flames in San Salvador was the most eye-catching element of the march staged by students and academics from the Universidad de El Salvador (UES) to mark the 46th anniversary of the massacre and disappearance of students from the state university by members of the armed forces on 30 July...
“Half of the cabinet comes from Sendero Luminoso and the other half from the MRTA [Movimiento Revolucionario Tupac Amaru]...

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