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Weekly Report - 19 August 2021 (WR-21-33)

LEADER
Two pieces of embarrassing evidence are giving Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández a very large hangover...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Peru’s new left-wing government under President Pedro Castillo is beginning to look even more inexperienced and accident-prone...
The Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has published a damning assessment of human rights violations under Bolivia’s former interim president Jeanine Áñez (2019-2020)...
President Nicolás Maduro’s description of opposition leader Juan Guaidó as “the devil” heralded an inauspicious start to the negotiations to resolve Venezuela’s political stalemate...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Roberto Jefferson, a Brazilian politician and hardline supporter of President Jair Bolsonaro, was arrested by order of a supreme court (STF) justice on 13 August, as part of an investigation into the possible existence of a criminal organisation that acts online to attack democracy and the rule of law in Brazil...
Brazil’s former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011) has begun a 10-day tour of the Northeast region, the political bastion of his left-wing Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT)...
MEXICO
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his government officials are insisting that the country’s schools must reopen for in-person learning on 30 August...
Senators from Mexico’s ruling left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) mobilised this week to approve secondary legislation, at the committee stage, enabling a presidential recall referendum to be held...
MEXICO | Interest rates lifted...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
With Haiti still reeling from the multifaceted political, security, and institutional crises, compounded by the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse (2017-2021) on 7 July, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck on 14 August, dealing a hammer blow to its chances of recovery...
The commission tasked by President Nayib Bukele with drawing up changes to El Salvador’s 1983 constitution has unveiled its proposed amendments...
Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei has announced a 30-day state of calamity amid a new surge in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, attributed to the more infectious Delta variant...
HONDURAS | Economic activity picks up...
POSTSCRIPT
Switching opinion in the middle of a presidential campaign can be politically risky...
“You’ll never have to hear me apologising for kneeling before the IMF and plunging the country, and generations of Argentines into debt”...

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