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Weekly Report - 23 September 2021 (WR-21-38)

LEADER
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador played host to regional leaders for the sixth summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) on 18-19 September...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Peru’s hard-left Prime Minister Guido Bellido fired a warning shot across his own cabinet on 21 September, in response to apparent uncertainty over the government’s policy towards Venezuela...
Colombia’s government landed a significant blow on the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group on 17 September, when the commander and second-in-command of the ELN’s Western Front were killed in an air strike in the western department Chocó...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández relaunched his government with changes in half a dozen cabinet ministries on 20 September, promising unity in the ruling coalition and committing himself to avoiding “unnecessary internal disputes”...
Ahead of President Jair Bolsonaro’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on 21 September, there was speculation as to whether the Brazilian head of state would adopt a measured tone to reassure the international community, or opt for a more radical discourse designed to fire up his shrinking base at home...
Uruguay’s interior minister, Luis Alberto Heber, said on 20 September that a scandal over the kidnap and torture of a prisoner was “shameful” for the country...
The campaign for November’s presidential elections officially started on 22 September with a televised debate in which five of the seven candidates competed to portray themselves as moderate centrists...
BRAZIL | Central bank continues monetary tightening...
MEXICO
The government’s legacy hinges on its ability to pacify Mexico, the security minister, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, acknowledged during an appearance before the federal senate on 21 September...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
José Ignacio Paliza, the Dominican Republic’s administrative minister for the presidency, warned this week that any citizen who has committed or is linked to an illicit act “will have to face justice, even if they are a member of our party” [the ruling Partido Revolucionario Moderno, PRM]...
Haiti’s prime minister, Ariel Henry, has been forced on the defensive after Port-au-Prince chief prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude called for him to be charged in relation to the 7 July assassination of president Jovenel Moïse (2017-2021)...
POSTSCRIPT
Argentina is preparing to spend US$664m on a new fleet of multi-purpose fighter jets, but the exact status of the order, and whether it will involve Chinese-made planes, remains unclear...
“There is a contradiction between the OAS and the Celac...

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