Weekly Report - 24 February 2022 (WR-22-08)

LEADER
Bitter recriminations have broken out in Argentina among different levels of government controlled by the country’s two main rival coalitions over devastating forest fires.... Read More
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Venezuela’s opposition is trying to make its presence felt again after losing control of the national assembly and with the dialogue process on ice.... Read More
Colombia’s constitutional court (CC) issued a seminal ruling this week decriminalising abortion up to 24 weeks’ gestation.... Read More
The virtual trial of Peru’s former president Ollanta Humala (2011-2016) began on 21 February.... Read More
Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso insisted on 22 February that his government “has absolutely not interfered” in the leadership of the Consejo de Participación Ciudadana y Control Social (CPCCS), the autonomous body tasked with senior judicial and regulatory appointments and the oversight of public funds.... Read More
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez dismissed his interior minister, Arnaldo Giuzzio, on 22 February after he was linked to one of Brazil’s most wanted drug traffickers arrested a week earlier.... Read More
Brazil’s presidential election, the first round of which will be held on 2 October, is edging closer.... Read More
MEXICO
For safety reasons, residents of the central Mexican state of Zacatecas were warned not to travel around the state or open certain businesses on 19 and 20 February.... Read More
Mexico’s national migration institute (INM) announced on 22 February that it had apprehended over 5,000 undocumented migrants over the previous week.... Read More
MEXICO | Increase in FDI in 2021.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
The US, Canada, and other members of the international community have all condemned the harsh sentencing which began last week of anti-government protesters in Cuba who took part in the unprecedented protests in July last year over economic and health grievances [WR-21-28].... Read More
Russia’s deputy prime minister Yury Borisov, who heads up the Russian-Cuban intergovernmental commission on trade, economic and technical cooperation, paid a visit to Havana last week, the goal of which (according to Russian state news agency Tass) was to discuss ways of improving mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation.... Read More
Honduras’s new president Xiomara Castro has formally requested support from United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres for the creation of a commission against corruption and impunity in Honduras (CICIH).... Read More
POSTSCRIPT
The pre-trial detention of former president Jeanine Áñez (2019-2020) was extended by a further three months on 22 February, in the fourth such extension since her arrest in March 2021.... Read More
“In 2021, 25 February, a year ago, the province of Corrientes issued a warning about the situation that was developing and asked for four firefighting aircraft.... Read More

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