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Weekly Report - 16 September 2021 (WR-21-37)

LEADER
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández has two major and pressing problems...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
The death of Abimael Guzmán is causing a political commotion in Peru...
President Guillermo Lasso has hit the ground running in Ecuador...
Colombia’s President Iván Duque promulgated the government’s revised tax reform bill on 14 September, hoping to turn the page on a divisive issue which saw weeks of anti-government protests that unleashed a wave of police brutality, forced the resignation of his finance minister, and saw his approval ratings plumb new depths...
The 6 September announcement by Colombia’s business regulator (SSC) that it will begin overseeing operations at Venezuelan state-owned fertiliser producer Monómeros Colombo Venezolanos has triggered a furious response from President Nicolás Maduro’s government...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has a poor record to show for his more than two-and-a-half years in government...
Confidence in Brazil’s economic performance is waning...
PARAGUAY | South Korea to build railway...
MEXICO
Two precedent-setting rulings by Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN) have paved a way for the decriminalisation of abortion...
It is looking like the longest presidential race on record with nearly three years to go before Mexico’s elections in mid-2024...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Campaigns have officially kicked off ahead of presidential and congressional elections in Honduras on 28 November...
The contentious new law implementing cryptocurrency bitcoin as legal tender in El Salvador has taken effect...
POSTSCRIPT
The arrest of three Bolivian soldiers in northern Chile on theft and firearms charges has triggered a diplomatic spat between the two countries, with Chile’s government protesting the violation of its sovereignty and condemning an exchange of fire that took place before the arrests...
“The loss of power of Peronism in the Paso caused an internal implosion...

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