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Weekly Report - 07 October 2021 (WR-21-40)

LEADER
Not for the first time Peru’s President Pedro Castillo’s attempt to regain the initiative by announcing a major reform proposal has been completely overshadowed by political developments...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
There were some signs of a thawing in the icy relationship between Colombia and Venezuela this week, with the Venezuelan government opening border crossings on 5 October that had been closed since February 2019, and to vehicles since 2015...
The last two weeks have seen increasingly confrontational clashes between the police and rival factions of the La Paz-based coca growers’ union Asociación Departamental de Productores de Coca de los Yungas de La Paz (Adepcoca)...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
The Pandora Papers scandal has had a significant impact in Argentina, with revelations that political leaders and others have used tax havens to conceal their financial operations...
Unlike Argentina where the Pandora Papers claims of financial impropriety have impacted both sides of the political divide, in Chile it is President Sebastián Piñera, on the right of the political spectrum, who looks likely to be hit hardest...
Brazilians once again took to the streets to protest against President Jair Bolsonaro this week...
MEXICO
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took the plunge on 1 October and sent to congress a constitutional reform initiative designed to cast his stalled energy reform in stone...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Campaigns have officially begun ahead of the 7 November general elections in which President Daniel Ortega is seeking a fourth consecutive five-year term for the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN)...
In line with the controversial reforms to the judicial career law approved at the end of August [WR-21-36], El Salvador’s supreme court (CSJ) has installed 98 new judges...
POSTSCRIPT
Nearly 20 Paraguayan indigenous organisations have convened a protest demonstration in the capital Asunción for 12 October, to demand recognition of their land and cultural rights...
“The balance of powers is the bridge between the rule of law and democracy...

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