Weekly Report - 03 November 2022 (WR-22-44)

The most polarised electoral process in Brazil’s recent history concluded on 30 October with former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2011) of the left-wing Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) winning 50.9% of the vote to 49.1% for President Jair Bolsonaro of the right-wing Partido Liberal (PL).... Read More
Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro travelled to Caracas for a highly publicised meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro in the Palacio de Miraflores on 1 November.... Read More
Ecuador’s energy and mining minister, Xavier Vera, stood down on 28 October after an investigation was opened into allegations that he received bribes in return for securing jobs at the state oil company, Petroecuador.... Read More
With the threat of a constitutional complaint by the attorney general’s office hanging over President Pedro Castillo, he could ill-afford another scandal at the heart of his administration.... Read More
Bolivia’s left-wing Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) government has been forced to deny that it is using export restrictions to “suffocate” the opposition stronghold of Santa Cruz department, where anti-government protests have caused daily disruption since 22 October.... Read More
Every two years since they were introduced by law in 2009, Argentina has been holding ‘open, simultaneous, and obligatory’ congressional primary elections, known by their Spanish acronym ‘Paso’.... Read More
CHILE | Economy contracts.... Read More
The Ayotzinapa truth and justice commission (Covaj) made a splash in August when it published a report on the infamous 2014 massacre of 43 teacher training students in the southern state of Guerrero.... Read More
There is a dispute brewing between Mexico’s Interior Minister Adán Augusto López – a key figure within the cabinet of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador – and former president Felipe Calderón (2006-2012).... Read More
There was a prevailing sense of sorrow on 1 and 2 November as Haitians celebrated the Fèt Gede, the voodoo festival of the dead, against the backdrop of soaring violence and insecurity.... Read More
El Salvador’s legislative assembly approved a series of reforms this week ostensibly designed to crack down harder on the country’s mara gangs amid a long-running state of exception imposed by the government led by President Nayib Bukele.... Read More
On 28 October, the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Mexico condemned the killing of Filogonio Martínez Merino, a local activist in the community of Paso de la Reina, Oaxaca state, who had led resistance to the building of new hydroelectric projects in the area.... Read More
“This is how I understand democracy, not just a beautiful word written in law, but as something tangible, that we feel in our skin and that we can build day by day.... Read More

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