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Weekly Report - 14 October 2021 (WR-21-41)

LEADER
The Mexican and US governments launched a much-trumpeted new alliance this week which will endeavour to go beyond shared security concerns to embrace a diffuse collection of tangentially related issues...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
The pressure is mounting on Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso, who, alongside Chile’s Sebastián Piñera and the Dominican Republic’s Luis Abinader, was one of three serving Latin American heads of state named in the ‘Pandora Papers’ exposé by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)...
Bolivia saw large demonstrations both for and against President Luis Arce’s Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) government this week, as opposition-led protests on 11 October were followed the next day by a show of support for MAS...
Peru’s new prime minister, Mirtha Vásquez, announced on 13 October that she would shortly begin a round of talks with representatives of different political parties in congress, which is dominated by the opposition...
Colombia’s President Iván Duque packed a lot into his 11-12 October visit to the US, meeting the heads of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the investment banks JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
The balance of probabilities still points to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) signing an agreement with Argentina sometime early next year...
The Asociación Nacional Republicana-Partido Colorado (ANR-PC), Paraguay’s traditional ruling party, did much better than expected in municipal elections held on 10 October...
The impeachment of President Sebastián Piñera and the migration crisis in the north of the country featured in the second television debate among six out of Chile’s seven presidential candidates...
A new complaint against President Jair Bolsonaro filed with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague seeks to hold the Brazilian head of state criminally liable for the international consequences of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest...
Argentina and Brazil, the two economic heavyweights in the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) regional trade bloc, have agreed to reduce the bloc’s high common external tariff (CET)...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Antonio Sobrado, the president of Costa Rica’s supreme electoral court (TSE), has officially called the 7 February 2022 general elections...
Cuba’s economy and planning ministry (MEP) has announced the approval of a further 60 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and four non-agricultural cooperatives...
The frontrunner in the Honduran presidential elections on 28 November, Nasry Asfura, is trying to fend off corruption allegations after his name cropped up in the Pandora Papers...
POSTSCRIPT
One of Venezuela’s most high-profile political prisoners, General Raúl Isaías Baduel, died on 12 October...
“We have found…we have a relation in which Mexico’s priorities are the same – have the same level of priority as US priorities...this is something we did not have before.”..

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