Weekly Report - 03 March 2022 (WR-22-09)

LEADER
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a watershed moment in modern history.... Read More
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
After spending much of the first two months of 2022 on the back foot amid a wave of guerrilla strikes, President Iván Duque’s administration landed a forceful blow on 24 February against the dissident 10th Front of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc).... Read More
The 28 February resignation of Peru’s transport and communications minister, Juan Silva, marked him as the first high-profile casualty of a corruption scandal that could tip President Pedro Castillo’s administration into its greatest crisis to date.... Read More
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Chile’s incoming government will enact a major change in security policy after President-elect Gabriel Boric takes office on 11 March.... Read More
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro signed off on a 25% reduction to the levy on industrialised products (imposto sobre produtos industrializados, IPI) on 25 February.... Read More
Uruguay’s President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou delivered his state-of-the-nation address to congress on 2 March to mark the completion of his second year in office.... Read More
CHILE | Economy shows signs of cooling.... Read More
MEXICO
A video began circulating on social media in the afternoon of 27 February that soon came to the attention of security forces in Mexico’s western state of Michoacán.... Read More
Mexico’s federal attorney general’s office (FGR) has said it is seeking prison sentences of more than 40 years for four high-profile lawyers accused of extortion.... Read More
Legislators representing the ruling left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) and its allies began talks this week with opposition lawmakers to try and overcome serious differences over the electricity reform that the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is determined to advance to benefit the state-owned electricity firm Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) at the expense of private renewable energy companies.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Costa Rica’s presidential race took an unexpected turn this week.... Read More
The new leftist Partido Libertad y Refundación (Libre) government led by President Xiomara Castro has made good on another electoral pledge.... Read More
Fears that the 7 February date marking the end of the term of President Jovenel Moïse (2017-2021), whose July 2021 assassination plunged Haiti into further crisis, could produce further unrest [WR-22-06] have so far failed to materialise.... Read More
POSTSCRIPT
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address to congress on 1 March.... Read More
“There is no historical justification possible to relativise the gravity of this matter…Our country is a democracy and all of the political parties within it are committed democrats…Unfortunately every now and then some people come out thinking that Cuba and Venezuela are democracies, which naturally leads to the notable conceptual contradiction of thinking that an autocracy in the tsarist mold can somehow resemble the left.... Read More

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