Weekly Report - 26 May 2022 (WR-22-21)

LEADER
As the presidential race enters the closing straight, a major upset is looking like a distinct possibility.... Read More
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Peru’s President Pedro Castillo announced yet another cabinet reshuffle on 22 May, replacing four ministers including Interior Minister Alfonso Chávarry and Mining & Energy Minister Carlos Sabino Palacios.... Read More
The president of Ecuador’s supreme court, Iván Saquicela, was suspended for 90 days on 20 May by the judicial council (CJ), the body responsible for overseeing the conduct of judges and magistrates.... Read More
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Approaches to the Cracolândia problem have followed a cyclical path.... Read More
Yet another chief executive at Petrobras, Brazil’s state-owned oil and gas company, has been sacked by President Jair Bolsonaro for increasing fuel prices.... Read More
Uruguay’s President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou conducted his first trip to Europe since taking office in March 2020 just after the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic began.... Read More
Widely seen as a radical leftist during last year’s election campaign, the pressures of office and the balance of forces in congress seem to be pushing Chile’s President Gabriel Boric in a more familiar social-democratic direction.... Read More
MEXICO
The murder of lawyer and women’s rights activist Cecilia Monzón on 21 May has drawn condemnation from many different groups.... Read More
The US federal order ‘Title 42’, which has allowed authorities to rapidly expel almost 2m migrants since March 2020, was due to expire on 23 May.... Read More
MEXICO | Inflation dips but remains high.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
With human rights concerns mounting over the crackdown ordered by the Nuevas Ideas (NI) government led by President Nayib Bukele in late March in response to gang violence [WR-22-13], a recent report by the local investigative media publication El Faro sheds new light on possible reasons for the surge in violence in the first place.... Read More
“We’re at war and this is not an exaggeration.” This was the response by Costa Rica’s new president, Rodrigo Chaves, to a ransomware attack attributed to Russia-based cybercrime group Conti which is proving a major challenge to his Partido Progreso Social Democrático (PPSD) government, which took office on 8 May.... Read More
POSTSCRIPT
Suriname’s President Chandrikapersad Santokhi is looking to deepen diplomatic relations with the country’s former colonial masters in the Netherlands and with the US.... Read More
“There has been and there will be no ‘coup d’état’, for this reason [Colombia] is the most stable democracy in Latin America; the stability of this country is without doubt the most important asset that we must all protect.”... Read More

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