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Supporters of Brazil’s jailed, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva rally to support him in Brasilia. Photograph: Eraldo Peres/AP Photo

After a pre-campaign lasting more than a year, Brazil’s presidential election formally got under way this week with the start of the race overshadowed(...)

Peru’s vice-president Martin Vizcarra: was due to assume office with little popular or political support. Photograph: Guadalupe Pardo/Reuters

Having seen one president resign on Wednesday, Peru ended the week with his successor already under pressure to quit as the political crisis gripping (...)

Peru’s president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, whose administration denied it offered a pardon for jailed former dictator Alberto Fujimori in exchange for votes to save his mandate. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Peru’s president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has defied expectations by surviving an impeachment vote in congress called after he was accused of involveme(...)

Chilean president-elect Sebastián Piñera greets president Michelle Bachelet upon her arrival at his residence in Santiago. Photograph: Claudio Reyes/AFP/Getty Images

With his election on Sunday to a new term as president of Chile nearly four years after his first ended, Sebastián Piñera has confirmed South America’(...)

Brazilian president Michel Temer attends a ceremony of the 152nd anniversary of the Riachuelo Naval Battle at the Marine Corps Headquarters in Brasilia. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil’s top electoral court dismissed a case on Friday that threatened to unseat president Michel Temer for alleged illegal campaign funding in the 2(...)

Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa with  president-elect Lenin Moreno and his wife Rocio Gonzalez in Quito. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Socialist candidate Lenin Moreno on Monday celebrated victory in Ecuador’s presidential election, bucking a shift to the right in South America, but h(...)

Brazil’s prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot: his request to open 83 formal inquiries is based on plea-bargain testimony from executives of Odebrecht, Brazil’s biggest construction conglomerate. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil’s long-running corruption crisis has escalated dramatically after the country’s chief federal prosecutor asked the supreme court to investigate(...)

Thousands march against corruption through the streets of downtown Lima on February 16th. An Interpol arrest warrant has been issued for ex-president Alejandro Toledo, who now lives in the US, after Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht said he sought and received a $20 million bribe. Photograph: Cris Bouroncle /AFP/Getty Images

A Brazilian executive has told the country’s electoral court that his company gave the winners of the 2014 presidential election the equivalent of ten(...)

Brazil’s president Michel Temer, who has lost a minister month, most in controversial circumstances, since he was sworn in in May last year. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil’s president Michel Temer was dragged deeper into the Petrobras corruption scandal after one of his closest friends told prosecutors he acted as(...)

Brazil’s president Michel Temer and first lady Marcela Temer at a Christmas celebration in Brasilia on Friday.  Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Just months after it fired one president, Brazil ends 2016 contemplating whether her replacement is set to be given his own marching orders some time (...)

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