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Weekly Report - 06 December 2018 (WR-18-48)

“Receiving the most important leaders in the world altogether at the same time in the same place is something that has never happened in our country,” Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri said on the eve of the G-20 summit which Buenos Aires hosted on 30 November and 1 December.

Weekly Report - 29 November 2018 (WR-18-47)

A combination of factors lay behind Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s emphatic victory in Mexico’s presidential elections in July, not the least among which were his promise to demilitarise Mexico and the perception that he would stand up to the nationalist rhetoric of US President Donald Trump, but even before assuming power he has taken steps in the opposite direction.

Weekly Report - 08 November 2018 (WR-18-44)

Three members of Venezuela’s Bolivarian national guard (GNB) were killed by members of an illegal armed group on 4 November in the southern state of Amazonas bordering Colombia.

Weekly Report - 01 November 2018

Jair Bolsonaro has been elected the 38th president of Brazil, comfortably defeating the candidate of the left-wing Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), Fernando Haddad, with 55.13% of the valid vote in the run-off on 28 October.

Weekly Report - 11 October 2018 (WR-18-40)

Jair Bolsonaro has emerged as the clear winner in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election, which took place on 7 October, although he was a few percentage points shy of the absolute majority needed to avoid a run-off vote.

Weekly Report - 20 September 2018 (WR-18-37)

Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra scored a notable victory over congress this week, which should lead to the imminent approval of four significant judicial and political reforms and their subsequent presentation to the public in a referendum before the year is out.

Weekly Report - 06 September 2018 (WR-18-35)

Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri announced the implementation of a series of severe economic measures this week in a bid to restore market confidence in the ailing peso and credibility in his administration.

Weekly Report - 16 August 2018 (WR-18-32)

Brazil’s left-wing opposition Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) registered its imprisoned leader, former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011), as the party’s presidential candidate just before the deadline closed on 15 August.

Weekly Report - 02 August 2018 (WR-18-30)

Just one month after winning Mexico’s presidential elections and four months before he takes office, President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador is being accused by some within the political opposition of a naked power grab under the pretext of combating corruption.

Weekly Report - 26 July 2018 (WR-18-29)

Party conference season is underway in Brazil (it will run to 5 August) and this year it is all about nominating presidential candidates for the elections due on 7 October.

Weekly Report - 19 July 2018 (WR-18-28)

Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador went on holiday this week to recuperate after an arduous electoral campaign, but not before providing details of initiatives he insists will produce the most sweeping change to the country since the Revolution a century ago.

Weekly Report - 17 May 2018 (WR-18-19)

Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri did his level best this week to assuage the concerns of businessmen and opposition politicians about the decision to return to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for financial assistance, and to drum up support for his government at its most challenging time.

Weekly Report - 10 May 2018 (WR-18-18)

A sombre President Mauricio Macri appeared on national television on 8 May to make the announcement he perhaps most dreaded upon taking office in December 2015: Argentina will seek financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Weekly Report - 19 April 2018 (WR-18-15)

The two-day Summit of the Americas (SOA), hosted by Peru on 13 and 14 April, resulted in the ‘Lima Commitment’, a 57-point statement on combating corruption and strengthening democracy.

Weekly Report - 05 April 2018 (WR-18-13)

After an electoral process characterised by multiple twists and turns, Costa Rica’s presidential run-off delivered yet another surprise on 1 April – a landslide victory for Carlos Alvarado Quesada of the ruling centre-left Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC).

Weekly Report - 22 March 2018 (WR-18-11)

Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski tendered his resignation on 21 March, the day before he was scheduled to appear before congress and fight a second attempt to impeach him in the space of three months.

Weekly Report - 15 March 2018 (WR-18-10)

The majority of Colombia’s political parties could claim a victory of some sort in the congressional elections on 11 March but the biggest winner was Germán Vargas Lleras, whose right-of-centre party, Cambio Radical (CR), excelled.

Weekly Report - 08 March 2018 (WR-18-09)

The threat posed by illegal armed groups to elections in Colombia might have diminished, but the present electoral process is still shaping up as one of the most violent and aggressive in years.

Weekly Report - 22 February 2018 (WR-18-07)

Guatemala’s former president Alvaro Colom (2008-2012) was arrested last week, becoming the country’s fourth leader to be accused of corruption by the United Nations-backed anti-impunity commission in Guatemala (Cicig) and the attorney general’s office (AG).

Weekly Report - 01 February 2018 (WR-18-04)

“We will create the conditions for a new Colombia,” ‘Timochenko’ (Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri), formerly the maximum leader of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc), announced during the official launch of his presidential candidacy on 27 January.

Weekly Report - 11 January 2018 (WR-18-01)

Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s momentous decision to pardon former president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) will not just define his political legacy but also impact the country’s international image.