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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 15 January 2019

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Development: On 14 January, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro announced that retired army major Vítor Hugo Almeida, a federal deputy from the president’s Partido Social Liberal (PSL), will be the government leader in the federal chamber of deputies...
* Environment Minister Ricardo Salles has said that Brazil will remain in the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change “for now”, despite some opposition to the international agreement in government...
Development: On 14 January, the head of Paraguay’s public works & communications ministry (MOPC), Arnoldo Wiens, announced the suspension of the awarding of ministerial contracts following accusations of irregularities in the process...
* According to a report conducted by Manuel Ferreira, Paraguay’s former finance minister (2012-2013), and published by national daily ABC Color, a lower soybean harvest this year will impact the country’s GDP by 0.8%. According to the report, crops and data collected from certain areas where soybeans are already being harvested show yield losses are between 10% and 12% - a figure which amounts to around 1m tonnes...

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