Weekly Report - 12 May 2022 (WR-22-19)

LEADER
Peru has hardly been renowned for political stability in recent years, but since President Pedro Castillo took office in July last year scarcely a day has gone by without some new incident heightening political uncertainty.... Read More
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Colombia’s largest drug-trafficking organisation (DTO), the Clan del Golfo, launched a six-day ‘armed strike’ on 5 May, causing disruption in 11 of Colombia’s 33 departments.... Read More
Two weeks into the state of exception declared by President Guillermo Lasso in three coastal provinces, the events capturing public attention in Ecuador have not been the major security rollout but a string of gruesome killings that laid bare the escalating violence gripping the country.... Read More
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Kirchnerismo is trying to usurp the role of Argentina’s right-of-centre Juntos por el Cambio (JxC) coalition as the main opposition to the government led by President Alberto Fernández.... Read More
Recent data on consumer debt, which is customarily confined to specialist business publications, could have significant political implications.... Read More
Allegations that a 12-year-old Yanomami indigenous girl was raped and murdered in an isolated part of the Amazon by illegal gold miners (known as garimpeiros) have set off various conflicting accounts and highlighted ongoing clashes between indigenous communities and small-scale miners.... Read More
The manner of the murder of Marcelo Pecci and the motive behind it are fuelling concern in Paraguay and the wider region.... Read More
BRAZIL | Petrobras.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Costa Rica’s new president, Rodrigo Chaves, whose electoral victory upended national politics and signalled a major break from the establishment [WR-22-14], has taken office.... Read More
Liz Throssell, the United Nations Human Rights spokesperson, this week expressed concern about a new law which has recently taken effect in Nicaragua which she warns “further restricts the functioning of civil society”.... Read More
POSTSCRIPT
The deaths of three individuals while in police custody have sparked outrage in the Dominican Republic, piling pressure on the government led by President Luis Abinader, who took office in August 2020, to deliver on police reform.... Read More
“It is no great loss…they were never organic members of the party, but electoral ones; they are not going because of their principles but for their own interests.”... Read More

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