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Weekly Report - 09 September 2021 (WR-21-36)

LEADER
“The dictatorship is consummated”...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Peru’s President Pedro Castillo delivered a televised message on 6 September which sought to seize back the political initiative after a succession of bruising weeks for his government since he took office on 28 July...
Both the Venezuelan government and the political opposition claimed to have extracted significant concessions from each other in the second round of talks held in Mexico this week...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
The much-hyped 7 September Independence Day demonstrations in Brazil, organised by supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro and encouraged by the head of state, did not turn into a violent attempted power grab as some feared...
Less than four months ago, the Lista del Pueblo, a loose coalition of anti-establishment independents, shot into the political firmament by winning 27 of the 155 seats in Chile’s constituent convention (CC) elections to draft a new constitution, more than the main opposition managed...
The latest opinion polls before the congressional primaries on 12 September pointed to a likely mixed set of results with neither the government nor the opposition coalition being able to claim outright victory...
CHILE | Economic activity continues to recover...
MEXICO
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has scored a partial victory with both chambers of congress rapidly approving the details of his proposed presidential recall referendum...
Divisions have emerged within one of Mexico’s private sector’s most important umbrella organisations, the Confederación de Cámaras Industriales (Concamin), over its leadership election due to take place on 21 September...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Nicaragua’s attorney general’s office has announced the start of trials of opposition (and non-opposition) figures arrested ahead of the 7 November general elections in which President Daniel Ortega is seeking a further term for the ruling left-wing Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN)...
GUATEMALA | FDI to help drive growth...
POSTSCRIPT
Uruguay will proceed with plans to negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with China...
“At this point it is already a dictatorship...It is now up to the people of El Salvador to confront the dictatorship and its allies and restore democracy.”..

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