Weekly Report - 21 April 2022 (WR-22-16)

LEADER
“The key lesson is we need a dialogue with other political forces.” This was the conclusion of Chile’s President Gabriel Boric after deputies in the lower chamber of congress shot down both the early pension withdrawal initiative his government opposed and the alternative bill his government proposed.... Read More
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Gustavo Petro, the left-wing frontrunner for the first round of Colombia’s presidential election on 29 May, has found himself facing mounting scrutiny over his brother’s meetings with several imprisoned former politicians.... Read More
Peru is in “intensive care”, according to comments made by Cardinal Pedro Barreto in an interview published on 17 April, Easter Day, by the national daily La República.... Read More
Venezuela’s fractious political opposition has largely united against a letter from 25 representatives from Venezuelan civil society and the private sector addressed to US President Joe Biden.... Read More
Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso travelled to Argentina and Uruguay from 17-20 April, where he held discussions on trade with Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández and Uruguay’s President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou.... Read More
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Argentina’s centre-right Juntos por el Cambio (JxC) opposition alliance is threatening to take legal action after accusing the ruling left-of-centre Frente de Todos (FdT) coalition of orchestrating “fraud” in a bid to control the new council of magistrates (Consejo de la Magistratura), the powerful judicial body empowered to hire and fire judges.... Read More
The Brazilian ‘third way’ lost three presidential hopefuls in March, most notably former judge Sergio Moro.... Read More
A knife attack against an investigative journalist in Brasília has produced shock and stoked concerns regarding attacks on the press and violence more generally, as Brazil prepares for general elections in October.... Read More
Five leaders of truckers’ unions in Paraguay have been placed under preventive detention accused of efforts to extort money from the government in exchange for refraining from erecting roadblocks.... Read More
ARGENTINA-URUGUAY | Pain relief.... Read More
MEXICO
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s contentious electricity sector reform was dealt a fatal blow in the lower chamber of congress on Easter Sunday.... Read More
MEXICO | Update on US-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week headed up a US delegation to Panama where he co-led a ministerial meeting on migration attended by representatives from 20 countries as well as holding bilateral meetings with President Laurentino Cortizo and other officials.... Read More
Earlier this month, transport workers staged nationwide protests demanding measures in response to spiralling fuel prices exacerbated by Russia’s war with Ukraine.... Read More
POSTSCRIPT
The former director of Bolivia’s indigenous development fund (Fondioc), Marco Antonio Aramayo, died in intensive care in a La Paz hospital on 19 April.... Read More
“This is not a ‘reality show’ where we worry about who is going to win or lose on the night; the well-being of the Chilean people is at stake.”... Read More

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