Weekly Report - 17 March 2022 (WR-22-11)

LEADER
Gustavo Petro roared to victory in the primary elections for his left-wing Pacto Histórico coalition on 13 March.... Read More
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
President Pedro Castillo is set to become the third Peruvian president in five years to face an impeachment trial.... Read More
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Gabriel Boric was sworn-in on 11 March, receiving the presidential sash from Sebastián Piñera in a ceremony in congress.... Read More
Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petrobras announced a steep increase in the price of fuel last week – its first price jump in nearly two months.... Read More
Brazil has entered the pre-electoral window for political realignments ahead of the October general election, while other deadlines in the electoral calendar loom in the next two months.... Read More
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández declared a “war on inflation” on 15 March after the national statistics institute (Indec) revealed that the annualised figure had pushed up to well beyond 50% in February.... Read More
MEXICO
When European Parliament members (MEPs) voted in favour of a resolution condemning the killing of journalists and human rights defenders (HRDs) in Mexico, it was unlikely they foresaw the reaction it would provoke.... Read More
Cooperation was the theme of the day when US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas visited Mexico for a high-level meeting about migration on 14 March.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
President Alejandro Giammattei has appointed his private secretary, Janio Rosales, as the new economy minister to replace Antonio Malouf who resigned on 8 March.... Read More
A local court has ordered the arrest of El Salvador’s former president Alfredo Cristiani (1989-1994) of the right-wing Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena) and 12 others in relation to the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests by an elite army unit – one of the worst atrocities to take place during the 1980-1992 civil war.... Read More
POSTSCRIPT
Paraguay’s government is struggling to win over truckers, taxi drivers, and motorcycle delivery drivers who have been staging protests and roadblocks about high fuel prices since 14 March.... Read More
“I think it is absurd that two neighbouring countries with a common history in Latin America have not shared diplomatic relations for so long.... Read More

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