Weekly Report - 06 January 2022 (WR-22-01)

LEADER
When the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet ended on 11 March 1990, Gabriel Boric was only four.... Read More
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
In his first five months in office Peru’s President Pedro Castillo has replaced 11 cabinet ministers, meaning that on average he has announced a ministerial change every 14 days.... Read More
President Nicolás Maduro found plenty of reasons to be cheerful over the Christmas period.... Read More
Colombia’s north-eastern department of Arauca experienced its “most violent day in 10 years” on 2 January, according to Juan Carlos Villate, the departmental human rights ombudsman.... Read More
Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso launched an unreserved attack on the leader of the umbrella indigenous organisation Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador (Conaie), Leonidas Iza, on 4 January.... Read More
PERU | Las Bambas comes back.... Read More
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Parts of Brazil’s north-eastern state of Bahia had been suffering from heavy rains and floods for several weeks already when the situation deteriorated severely over Christmas.... Read More
The latest figures on deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, when they were finally released in November 2021, caused alarm and shock [WR-21-47].... Read More
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández and his economy minister, Martín Guzmán, met provincial governors on 5 January to inform them that the government is ‘optimistic’ about negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but a bi-partisan agreement on economic policy looks as distant as ever.... Read More
MEXICO
The president of Mexico’s national electoral institute (INE), Lorenzo Córdova, has asked that criminal complaints filed against him and five other INE councillors be dismissed.... Read More
MEXICO | New Banxico chief takes over.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Fears regarding the safety of public officials, already rife following the shocking assassination of President Jovenel Moïse (2017-2021) last year, have intensified after Prime Minister Ariel Henry reported an attempt on his life.... Read More
President Alejandro Giammattei has decreed a 30-day state of siege in two indigenous municipalities in Sololá department following violent clashes which left at least 13 dead.... Read More
POSTSCRIPT
Uruguay’s President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou has issued his first veto since taking office in March 2020, after one of the parties within his ruling multi-colour coalition sided with the left-wing opposition Frente Amplio (FA) to approve a forestry reform designed to impose restrictions on the booming cellulose industry and boost the agricultural industry.... Read More
“This will be a government with its feet on the streets; decisions will not be taken within the four walls of [the presidential palace] La Moneda.”... Read More

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