Weekly Report - 23 June 2022 (WR-22-25)

LEADER
For the first time in history Colombia will have an out-and-out left-wing president in August after Gustavo Petro defeated his populist rival, Rodolfo Hernández, in the second round of elections on 19 June.... Read More
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
‘Indefinite’ protests seeking to force President Guillermo Lasso to row back on a raft of his government’s core policies are now into their second week and picking up.... Read More
The sentencing of former president Jeanine Áñez (2019-2020) to ten years’ imprisonment on 11 June continues to draw international concern, with the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) among the latest to question the fairness of proceedings.... Read More
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
For the better part of the past year, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has played a game of good cop/bad cop with the state oil company Petrobras.... Read More
Vice President Cristina Fernández opened up a new front this week in her ever-widening internal dispute with President Alberto Fernández by taking aim at the social movements that are sustaining him.... Read More
A group of left-wing parties and movements in Paraguay announced on 20 June that they would throw in their lot with a catch-all opposition coalition to defeat the ruling Asociación Nacional Republicana-Partido Colorado (ANR-PC) in the presidential elections in April 2023.... Read More
MEXICO
José Manuel del Río Virgen, technical secretary of the senate’s political coordination board (Jucopo) and a member of the left-wing opposition Movimiento Ciudadano (MC), returned to work on 20 June after almost six months in preventive detention.... Read More
The murder of two Jesuit priests at a church in a remote area of Chihuahua state has drawn condemnation from state and federal governments in Mexico, international human rights organisations, and the head of the Catholic church.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Cardinal Alvaro Ramazzini of Huehuetenango and various human rights groups such as Asociación de Familiares Detenidos en Guatemala (Famdegua), Centro para la Acción Legal en Derechos Humanos (CALDH) and Verdad y Justicia have all recently come out in support of Miguel Ángel Gálvez, a judge in one of Guatemala’s high-risk courts.... Read More
The recent decision by a local judge, Baloísa Marquínez Morán, to throw out charges against 40 people investigated for alleged money laundering in relation to the scandal involving Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht, which broke in December 2016, has raised further doubts about the effectiveness of Panama’s institutions in tackling corruption.... Read More
COSTA RICA | Chaves under fire over salary increase.... Read More
POSTSCRIPT
President Gabriel Boric’s troubled start to his tenure is showing no signs of improving.... Read More
“From today Colombia has changed.... Read More

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