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LatinNews Daily - 10 January 2019

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Development: On 9 January Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) ruled that the government led by President Jimmy Morales must reverse its unilateral decision to end the country’s agreement with the United Nations (UN)-International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig)...
Andean
Development: On 9 January Venezuelan political opposition group Frente Amplio Venezuela Libre (FAVL) called for public demonstrations to be staged today (10 January) in repudiation of President Nicolás Maduro swearing-in for a second presidential term...
* Peru’s energy & mining minister Francisco Ísmodes is due to arrive in Bolivia’s Santa Cruz department today to meet Bolivia's energy minister Luis Alberto Sánchez and negotiate mechanisms to permit liquified petroleum gas (LPG) exports to southern Peru...
Brazil
Development: On 9 January, the Brazilian press reported that representatives from around 50 national and international NGOs have addressed a letter to the Secretary of Government Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, requesting an opportunity for dialogue...
* President Jair Bolsonaro has celebrated optimism in the Brazilian markets as the São Paulo stock exchange reached a record high for the fifth time in six working days, reacting positively to the new government and aided by a favourable international climate...
Central America & Caribbean
* Nicaragua’s central bank (BCN) has released figures which show that year-on-year growth in the third quarter of 2018 was -14.8%...
Mexico
Development: On 9 January Martha Delgado, the deputy minister for multilateral affairs and human rights at Mexico’s foreign ministry (SRE), said that the government had approached the United Nations (UN) for assistance in the training of the country’s proposed new national guard...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show monthly inflation in December 2018 was 0.70%, bringing the year-on-year rate to 4.83%...
Southern Cone
Development: On 9 January, Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera offered his full support to his interior minister, Andrés Chadwick, amid calls by the political opposition for Chadwick to resign or face censure by congress over his poor handling of the unrest by the indigenous Mapuche community in the south of the country. ..
* The Chilean 43-member senate has approved a new trade treaty between Chile and Argentina...

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