Weekly Report - 05 January 2023 (WR-23-01)

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was sworn in as president of Brazil on 1 January, with his record number of 37 cabinet ministers beginning to lay out their policies and priorities.... Read More
Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro announced a bilateral ceasefire shortly before midnight on 31 December with five armed groups: the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrillas; two dissident groups from the demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc); and two paramilitary groups.... Read More
Luis Fernando Camacho, the right-wing governor of Bolivia’s eastern department of Santa Cruz and one of the most vocal critics of President Luis Arce’s government, was arrested on 28 December after being accused by prosecutors of “terrorism” in relation to the disputed 2019 presidential election.... Read More
Four years to the day after he proclaimed himself Venezuela’s ‘interim president’, triggering a political crisis that would divide the international community between supporters and opponents of President Nicolás Maduro, Juan Guaidó’s tenure at the helm of the opposition came to an end on 5 January.... Read More
Santiago Peña has moved in to pole position to become Paraguay’s next president when the general election is held on 30 April this year.... Read More
Chile’s left-wing government led by President Gabriel Boric has encountered more difficulties in recent weeks.... Read More
On 18 and 19 December Buenos Aires experienced the biggest public demonstration ever seen in its history, with over 1m people celebrating the Argentine national team’s victory in the football World Cup.... Read More
A major breakout from the state prison in Ciudad Juárez took place on the morning of 1 January.... Read More
Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN) has elected a female president for the first time in its history.... Read More
Haiti’s caretaker prime minister, Ariel Henry, has hailed as ‘historic’ the inking of a document by “numerous political, civil-society and private sector organisations” which establishes a high transition council (HCT), tasked with ensuring that conditions are in place for elections.... Read More
At the end of last year El Salvador’s 84-member legislature, which is controlled by President Nayib Bukele’s Nuevas Ideas (NI), approved his government’s proposed pension reform.... Read More
A “fatal precedent for the region”.... Read More
Protests against the government of President Dina Boluarte resumed in Peru on 4 January after a truce over Christmas and the New Year.... Read More
“Democracy was the great victor in this election, overcoming…the most violent threats to freedom to vote, and the most abject campaign of lies and hate plotted to manipulate and embarrass the electorate.... Read More

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