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LatinNews Daily - 05 July 2018

Main Briefing
Development: On 4 July, an Associated Press report citing anonymous sources claimed that on several occasions last year US President Donald Trump met then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H.R...
Andean
Peru: Peru’s trade & tourism ministry (Mincetur) has released new figures which show that Peru’s non-traditional exports have grown consecutively over 22 months...
Brazil
Development: On 4 July Poder360, a local news site, published its latest opinion poll showing that up to 42% of Brazilians plan to abstain or annul their ballot in October’s presidential elections...
* Brazil’s state oil company Petrobras has signed a letter of intent with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to conclude construction of the Complexo Petroquímico do Rio de Janeiro (Comperj) petrochemical and refinery project...
Central America & Caribbean
Development: On 4 July Humberto Ortega, President Daniel Ortega’s brother, called on Ortega to bring forward elections and disband paramilitary groups which have emerged since the crisis erupted in Nicaragua mid-April sparked by State repression of anti-government protesters...
Honduras: Honduras’s central bank (BCH) has released figures which show that inflation in June was 4.15% year-on-year...
Mexico
Development: On 4 July the victor in Mexico’s presidential elections, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, held a meeting with Juan Pablo Castañón, the president of one of the country’s main umbrella business associations, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE), to discuss future cooperation...
* Mexico’s virtual president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced a M$40bn (US$2.04bn) package to provide a universal pension for elderly Mexicans and to create a universal pension...
Southern Cone
Development: On 4 July a Santiago guarantees judge announced that Carlos Alberto Délano and Carlos Eugenio Lavín, the founders of Penta, a Chilean financial group, as well as Pablo Wagner, a deputy mining minister (2010-2012), would face an abbreviated trial procedure in relation to the illegal campaign finance case involving Penta...
Uruguay: Uruguay’s national institute of statistics (INE) has released its latest inflation figures for June 2018 which show that inflation was 0.99% compared with the previous month, bringing the year-on-year rate to 8.11%...

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