Weekly Report - 18 May 2023 (WR-23-20)

Ecuador was plunged into political uncertainty on 17 May when President Guillermo Lasso dissolved the national assembly to avoid impending impeachment.... Read More
Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro is in a deep political rut, with his broad legislative coalition unravelling and his flagship ‘total peace’ policy rapidly losing credibility.... Read More
Bolivia’s environment minister Juan Santos Cruz had been defying political gravity for two months, battling allegations of corruption from the media, government agencies, and rival factions within the ruling left-wing Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS).... Read More
The national backdrop could not have looked much bleaker for the Partido Justicialista (PJ, Peronists): inflation soaring well beyond 100% amid an acute cost-of-living crisis; the economy teetering on the brink; President Alberto Fernández a lame duck in a divided ruling coalition.... Read More
Already facing a raft of investigations, Brazil’s former president Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2023) testified on 16 May at his third police deposition since returning from the US.... Read More
Brazil’s supreme court (STF) ordered on 12 May an investigation into executives from the tech companies Google and Telegram, who had allegedly used their large platforms to campaign against the government’s proposed online regulation bill (PL 2630/20), commonly known as the ‘fake news’ bill, currently being reviewed by congress.... Read More
BRAZIL | Petrobras new pricing policy.... Read More
A series of prominent figures in Mexico’s government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador have spoken out in recent days to criticise remarks made by a US Republican senator.... Read More
MEXICO | Peso strong against the US dollar.... Read More
“Gang members will never leave [prison],” El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele said on 16 May.... Read More
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres has paid a two-day visit to Jamaica where he met Prime Minister Andrew Holness.... Read More
After nearly three decades, leading investigative daily elPeriódico has been forced to close its doors in Guatemala.... Read More
The main 2024 presidential candidate hopefuls for the ruling left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) have not been shy in recent days.... Read More
“Never, throughout this process, have they tried to get to the truth, merely power.”... Read More

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