It was a tough time this past week for some of Latin America's left-of-center governments.

The week began with a surprising landslide victory by Venezuela's opposition in congressional elections, a major blow for the ruling socialist party and system built by the late Hugo Chavez.

In Argentina, left-leaning Cristina Fernandez bid farewell to supporters with an outdoor speech the night before a new market-friendly leader was sworn in. New President Mauricio Macri danced a jig after his inaugural ceremony.

Members of Peru's Ashaninka indigenous community went about their daily lives, including bathing in the Pichiquia river. The river and most other water bodies in their shrinking ancestral lands are contaminated, government authorities say. Incursions and assaults by loggers, miners, colonists and Shining Path rebels have reduced the Ashaninka's territory in the Peruvian Amazon.

A soccer fan wearing a Santa Claus beard cheered the championship match in the Copa Sudamericana tournament, which was won by Colombia's Independiente Santa Fe over Huracan of Argentina.

Lawmakers loyal to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff held up pictures of the leader when she was a young political prisoner as they tried to block the naming of a commission that will decide if impeachment proceedings against her should go before the full House of Deputies. The Supreme Court suspended the impeachment proceedings for a week as it decides whether legislators acted correctly in forming the commission.

In Honduras, a woman helped push a relative on a stretcher to a public hospital run by the government's social security agency, which is at the center of a fraud scandal.

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This gallery was curated by photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City.

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