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Weekly Report - 21 October 2021 (WR-21-42)

LEADER
Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso was always going to find it hard to govern...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Negotiations between Venezuela’s government and political opposition were unilaterally suspended by President Nicolás Maduro’s administration on 16 October, in protest at the extradition from Cape Verde to the US of the financier Alex Saab, an alleged fixer for Maduro...
Bolivia’s government has concluded an analysis of ballot sheets from the disputed October 2019 presidential election, when allegations of electoral fraud to benefit then-president Evo Morales (2006-2009) set off a political crisis that saw Jeanine Áñez (2019-2020) declare herself interim president...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
The work of a commission of parliamentary inquiry (CPI), set up in April to investigate the Brazilian government led by President Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, has come to an end...
The Paraguayan government led by President Mario Abdo Benítez is grappling with yet another prison-related scandal, after a ‘VIP cell’ was discovered during a raid on the prison in Pedro Juan Caballero (PJC), a city on the border with Brazil...
Argentine politicians are sounding a little different these days...
Chile commemorated the second anniversary of the country’s ‘social explosion’ on 19 October with a mixture of peaceful protests, violent clashes, and hope and worry for the future...
MEXICO
The increasing flow of migrants through Mexico into the US is likely to dominate the bilateral agenda in 2022...
Following a visit this week by US Climate Change envoy John Kerry, the Mexican government, which has at best dubious environmental credentials, agreed to raise its climate change goals starting in 2022...
MEXICO | Fiscal miscellany bill...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Even by recent standards in Haiti, where the increase in violence by armed gangs has been described as a “descent into hell” by the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, the brazen abduction this week of a group of 17 foreigners - North American missionaries and their relatives - caused shock if not disbelief...
Despite the political polarisation that has prevailed in El Salvador since the end of the civil war (1980-1992), demonstrations directed at heads of state in that time have been scarce...
POSTSCRIPT
“The state of democracy in Nicaragua is not just a problem for Nicaraguans, it’s a problem for everyone,” the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, said on 20 October...
“The clock is ticking down...

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