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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 2 January 2019

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Development: On 1 January, Jair Bolsonaro of the small right-wing Partido Social Liberal (PSL) was sworn in for a four-year term as the 38th president of Brazil...
* Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has signed his first decree which guarantees a 4.61% increase of the monthly minimum wage, from R$954 (US$245.8) to R$998 (US$257.1)...
Development: On 1 January Aucán Huilcamán, the spokesperson for the indigenous Mapuche organisation Consejo de Todas las Tierras, called for “urgent clarification” of the events surrounding the death of Juan de Dios Mendoza, an indigenous Mapuche leader (lonko), whose body was found the previous day in La Araucanía region...
* Chile’s national statistics institute (INE) has released preliminary figures which show national unemployment in the third quarter of 2018 was 6.8%, 0.3 percentage points more than the same period in 2017...

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