09-09-2021 Latin American Weekly Report
Bukele sweeps aside final obstacle to indefinite rule in El Salvador
Despite the unilateral ceasefire declared by the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN), in place since 1 April, the outlook for a reduction in violence in Colombia is not encouraging. The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has interrupted ‘politics as usual’ in Colombia, but it does not as yet show any signs of interrupting ‘violence as usual’. With much of the population in lockdown and a major recession in the making, there are calls for greater political unity. In line with its own calls for a global ceasefire, the United Nations (UN) has appealed to Colombia to prevent the peace process from becoming “another victim” of the pandemic.
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