Weekly Report - 05 May 2022 (WR-22-18)

LEADER
Brazil’s former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011) is due to formally launch his presidential election campaign on 7 May.... Read More
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez said on 3 May that there was “no way” that his government would negotiate with Venezuela while Nicolás Maduro remained in power.... Read More
The left-wing frontrunner for the first round of Colombia’s presidential election on 29 May, Gustavo Petro (Pacto Histórico), cancelled a campaign trip on 3 May, claiming that he had received a tip-off about a planned assassination attempt.... Read More
On the campaign trail ahead of last year’s election, Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso regularly touted the progressive approach to law and order that he intended to implement if elected.... Read More
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Simmering tensions within Argentina’s ruling left-of-centre Frente de Todos (FdT) coalition are coming to the boil.... Read More
Chile’s central bank cut its economic growth forecast for this year to only 1.5% (down from 3.5% previously) on 3 May, while raising the inflation forecast to 8.9% (up from 6.5% previously) due in part to the high cost of fuel and some food shortages exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine.... Read More
BRAZIL | Sell the forest? The government led by President Jair Bolsonaro has announced a new annual plan for forest concessions, inviting private companies to apply to deliver “sustainable forest management” in 24 separate areas of the country.... Read More
MEXICO
The main square of Mazamitla, a popular tourist town in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco, descended into chaos on 1 May.... Read More
Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard took a trip to Washington DC this week where he met with officials including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali called for an apology from the United Kingdom for its historic role in the slave trade after a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London on 27 April.... Read More
The kidnapping of a Dominican diplomat (since released) and surge in civilian killings due to gang violence in the Port-au-Prince commune of Croix-des-Bouquets have reignited concerns about Haiti’s dire security situation which has deteriorated since the July 2021 assassination of president Jovenel Moïse (2017-2021).... Read More
Thousands took to the streets of Cuba’s main cities to mark 1 May – the first such rallies since the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic struck in March 2020.... Read More
POSTSCRIPT
Panama’s legislature last week approved a bill regulating the use and commercialisation of crypto assets.... Read More
“[President Jair Bolsonaro] should never have reached the presidency because he lies every day.... Read More

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