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Weekly Report - 26 August 2021 (WR-21-34)

LEADER
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, at odds with congress and the supreme court (STF), may knowingly or unknowingly be setting up the country for a Brazilian version of the storming of the US Capitol in the last days of the presidency of Donald Trump...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Jorge Arreaza, who had served as Venezuela’s bellicose foreign minister since 2017 and was one of the most well-known figures in President Nicolás Maduro’s government, was replaced in a cabinet reshuffle on 19 August...
As this issue is going to press on 26 August, Peru’s 130-seat, single chamber of congress was due to take a key vote of confidence in the ministerial team selected by President Pedro Castillo and led by Prime Minister Guido Bellido...
Bolivia’s centre-right opposition Comunidad Ciudadana (CC) proposed an “accord” with the left-wing Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) government for judicial reform on 23 August...
Colombia’s President Iván Duque arrived in South Korea on 24 August for his first major foreign trip since the start of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
The deadline for registering candidates ahead of Chile’s 21 November general election passed on 23 August and the line-up of candidates that will be running in the presidential race is now complete...
Suddenly, a gaggle of right-wing liberal economists are attracting increased media exposure in Argentina as they seek to win votes in the mid-term congressional elections due in November...
MEXICO
The Mexican government has formally requested consultations with its US counterpart over the interpretation and application of the new rules of origin for the automobile sector set out in the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on regional trade...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Following the earthquake which struck earlier this month, which has killed over 2,000 people on the latest official reports, Haiti’s prime minister Ariel Henry last week tweeted that his government does not “intend to repeat history on the mismanagement and coordination of aid”...
President Luis Abinader last week completed his first year in office...
A second suspect was detained last week in relation to the 25 July murder of Carolina Echeverría, a former national legislator for the opposition Partido Liberal (PL) (2006-2010), who was seeking re-election in the 28 November general election...
POSTSCRIPT
Exactly three months after coming to power, Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso met his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in a bid to secure a foreign policy priority: membership of the Pacific Alliance trade bloc...
“It is not the job of an attorney general to behave like a political commentator but rather to analyse facts and not people.”..

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