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LatinNews Daily - 07 January 2019

Main Briefing
Development: On 5 January the newly elected president of Venezuela’s national assembly (AN), Juan Guaidó, said that if President Nicolás Maduro swears-in for a new six-year presidential term on 10 January he will be “usurping the presidency”...
Andean
* Colombia’s national statistics agency (Dane) has released figures which show annual inflation closed at 3.18% in 2018, down from 4.09% in 2017...
Brazil
Development: On 5 January, 300 members of Brazil’s elite national public security force began operations in the north-eastern state of Ceará, providing support to state security forces as a wave of violence has swept across the state...
* Brazil’s new chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, has said that the government will not lower income tax rates until it has first readjusted the country’s fiscal balance, which requires tackling its primary deficit (Brazil’s fiscal deficit is expected to total R$139bn [US$37.4bn] this year)...
Central America & Caribbean
Development: On 6 January Colombian national Yilen Osorio, an investigator for the United Nations (UN)-backed International Commission agaisnt Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig), was permitted to re-enter Guatemala...
* Honduras’ central bank (BCH) has released its latest inflation figures which show the annual inflation rate in December 2018 was 4.22% (down from 4.73% in 2017)...
Mexico
Development: Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is facing fierce criticism in the wake of announcing the recruitment of up to 50,000 young people to his proposed national guard...
* At least eight Mexican states are now affected by fuel shortages, grounding automobile drivers and causing long queues at empty petrol pumps...
Southern Cone
Development: On 5 January the Chilean press circulated a missive by a local group calling itself ‘Individualistas Tendiendo a lo Salvaje’ (ITS-Chile, ‘Individualists verging on the savage’) warning that an explosion which went off the previous day was “just a warning”...
* The Paraguayan chamber of maquiladora firms (Cemap) has reported that national maquila exports reached US$37.7m in December 2018, a 20% year-on-year increase...
Washington Watch
Brazil: On 2 January, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo held meetings in Brasília with Brazil’s newly inaugurated President Jair Bolsonaro, and with his foreign minister, Ernesto Araújo, both avowed admirers of US President Donald Trump...

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