Weekly Report - 01 June 2022 (WR-22-22)

ANDEAN COUNTRIES
On top of his existing political difficulties Peru’s President Pedro Castillo now faces a new legal challenge: on 29 May the attorney-general’s office announced that it had escalated a pre-existing investigation against Castillo to cover the alleged crimes of influence peddling, collusion, and “criminal organisation”.... Read More
On 27 May the government announced a 60-day extension of the state of emergency in municipalities close to the giant Las Bambas copper mine, in Peru’s Apurímac region, after management and local indigenous communities failed to resolve differences which have forced a month-long shut-down in production since late April.... Read More
Nícmer Evans may have set some kind of political record.... Read More
COLOMBIA | Unemployment approaches pre-pandemic levels.... Read More
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Respected Brazilian pollster Datafolha released the results of its much-awaited bimonthly poll on 26 May.... Read More
The shocking death of a mentally ill black man at the hands of federal highway police (PRF) officers last week has generated pushback in Brazil, with widespread calls to address an institutionalised culture of violence within the police force.... Read More
As this issue went to press on 1 June, Chile’s President Gabriel Boric was preparing his first Cuenta Pública - a report to congress on the progress made by his government in its first two and half months in office.... Read More
One of the big ‘macro’ questions of Argentine politics is whether the ruling centre-left coalition, the Frente de Todos (FdT), will fall apart in the next 12 months.... Read More
MEXICO
Around 11.7m Mexicans will head to the polls on 5 June to elect new state governors in six of Mexico’s 32 states.... Read More
After the lower chamber of deputies rejected President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s electricity reform on 17 April, the Mexican president announced plans to review and revoke energy self-supply permits.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Earlier this month Rolando Alvarez, the bishop of Matagalpa diocese, began an indefinite hunger strike citing complaints about growing harassment by the national police (PNN).... Read More
Prime Minister Phillip Brave Davis of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has presented his government’s first budget since sweeping to power in snap elections last September.... Read More
GUYANA | Big construction project awarded to China.... Read More
POSTSCRIPT
Recife, the state capital of Pernambuco in northeast Brazil, is reeling from the effect of torrential rains which started falling on 25 May.... Read More
“Corruption is not defeated with phrases on TikTok.”... Read More

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