Weekly Report - 31 March 2022 (WR-22-13)

LEADER
Nicaragua’s (now former) ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Arturo McFields, has delivered a blistering attack on the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by President Daniel Ortega.... Read More
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
A bomb blast tore through a police checkpoint in Bogotá on 26 March, killing two children and injuring a further 33 people.... Read More
The pressure on Peru’s President Pedro Castillo eased somewhat on 28 March, after he comfortably survived an impeachment trial in congress.... Read More
Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso restructured his cabinet on 30 March.... Read More
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Uruguay’s President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou won a narrow but decisive victory over the main opposition Frente Amplio (FA) coalition in a national referendum on 27 March.... Read More
Just three days after the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) ended the long saga of Argentina’s outstanding US$45bn debt by approving a new restructuring programme, the ruling left-of-centre coalition Frente de Todos (FdT) proposed the creation of a new tax on undeclared foreign assets to raise funds to repay it.... Read More
Brazil is currently in the pre-campaign period ahead of the country’s 2 October general election – and will remain so until 16 August, the date candidates are allowed to launch their campaigns formally and start asking for votes.... Read More
Two important figures lost their jobs on 28 March in Brazil.... Read More
MEXICO
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is beginning to feel the heat over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Security forces in El Salvador reported the capture of more than 2,000 mara gang members on 28 and 29 March in upwards of 50 security operations around the country.... Read More
Panama’s electoral court (TE) has issued a ruling which shields from prosecution former president Ricardo Martinelli (Cambio Democrático, 2009-2014), who is currently being investigated in relation to various cases.... Read More
POSTSCRIPT
Mexico’s attorney general, Alejandro Gertz Manero, received a chastening setback this week when the supreme court (SCJN) ruled unanimously that his attempts to prosecute his sister-in-law and her daughter, who he held responsible for the death of his brother, were unconstitutional.... Read More
“Denouncing the dictatorship of my country is not easy.... Read More

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