Weekly Report - 28 April 2022 (WR-22-17)

LEADER
Colombia’s presidential campaign took several major twists and turns this week as it approaches the finish line on 29 May.... Read More
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
“It cannot be forgiven”.... Read More
Two judicial rulings in Ecuador have triggered a spat between the government and the constitutional court (CC), after President Guillermo Lasso warned that the country risks being “besieged by criminals released by corrupt, cowardly judges”.... Read More
Peru’s President Pedro Castillo has moved to make good on his central pledge in last year’s election campaign: the promise of a new constitution to replace the 1993 document drafted during the authoritarian presidency of Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000).... Read More
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Chile’s President Gabriel Boric promised a dramatic change of approach to the longstanding conflict with the Mapuche during his election campaign.... Read More
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro was back in his comfort zone last week - in the middle of yet another crisis involving the supreme court (STF) and the separation of powers.... Read More
MEXICO
On average, ten women were murdered every day in Mexico last year.... Read More
Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN) this week ruled that it was unconstitutional to oblige mobile phone users to provide biometric data for a nationwide registry.... Read More
MEXICO | Combating inflation.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Nicaragua, one of the 21 founding members of the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1948, emphatically terminated its association with the hemispheric bloc on 24 April.... Read More
Costa Rica’s president-elect Rodrigo Chaves has unveiled some of his ministerial choices ahead of taking office on 8 May.... Read More
President Xiomara Castro this week sanctioned legislation which revokes the legislative framework for the so-called employment and economic development zones (Zedes).... Read More
The crackdown on suspected members of mara gangs in El Salvador is continuing apace, sparking concerns of human rights violations.... Read More
POSTSCRIPT
Uruguay’s left-wing opposition coalition Frente Amplio (FA) has seized upon the cost of living crisis to pressure the government in a bid to bounce back from the political setback it suffered in the national referendum on the Ley de Urgente Consideración (LUC) on 27 March [WR-22-13].... Read More
 “This confirms that the debate today in Colombia is not about left, right, or centre, but common sense, and that all of us who defend democracy and liberty need to unite.”... Read More

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