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Ecuadoran President Guillermo Lasso. (AP)

Guillermo Lasso’s tricky year. In April 2021, the Ecuadoran leader won a presidential runoff. His start in office was marked by a successful vaccination campaign and high approval ratings as he sought to implement business-friendly reforms. 

But even from the start, he faced congressional gridlock and, as his political honeymoon faded, the country found itself facing rising security challenges, explains Universidad San Francisco de Quito Professor Paolo Moncagatta. Can Lasso find a way forward? Listen to the latest Latin America in Focus episode to hear more

Recalls, reforms, relations. It’s been a busy week in Mexico, where the country is readying for an April 10 presidential recall referendum amid tests for energy legislation and ties with Washington. AS/COA’s Carin Zissis connects the dots: “The bigger the turnout [in the recall], the more momentum it gives AMLO when it comes to his legislative and political goals.” Read the AS/COA Insider.

Costa Rica picks a president. Rodrigo Chaves won the April 3 runoff by framing himself as the candidate who can tackle the country’s economic woes and battle corruption. But he’s not without a scandal of his own. Learn about the electoral outcome.


Find out more about Latin American elections in our 2022 Election Guide.


—Journalist William Neuman at an AS/COA event launching his book on the state of Venezuela


After rising fuel and food prices sparked protests in Peru, President Pedro Castillo implemented a curfew in Lima. But he backtracked after the measure, which took place on the thirtieth anniversary of Alberto Fujimori’s self-coup, sparked outrage against the already embattled president. (The Washington Post)


Number of Latin American countries that did not vote to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council on April 7. Brazil, El Salvador, and Mexico abstained while Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua voted against the measure. 

ICYMI from Americas Quarterly: Despite everything, Bolsonaro could still win. A rocky road ahead for Costa Rica’s Rodrigo Chaves. Industrial policy can rescue Latin America from its commodities trap.

Ahead of the release of Anitta’s trilingual album, The New York Times profiled the Brazilian superstar.  Her Spanish-language hit “Envolver” became the first song by a Brazilian to top the Spotify global chart.

A note to readers: El Chasqui will take a break on April 15. Look for the next edition on April 22.
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