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LatinNews Daily - 28 January 2019

Main Briefing
On 26 January, Venezuela’s military attaché at its embassy in Washington, Colonel José Luis Silva Silva, urged the Bolivarian armed forces (FANB) to recognise Juan Guaidó as the country’s legitimate president...
Andean
* Ecuador’s largest umbrella indigenous organisation, the Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador (Conaie), has announced via twitter plans to stage “days of resistance against economic measures and the privatisation of the country’s strategic sectors”. The Conaie rejects economic measures announced late last year such as the elimination of the fuel subsidy, and it fears that the government led by President Lenín Moreno will privatise strategic sectors...
Brazil
On 27 January, Brazilian authorities confirmed that the number of casualties following a dam break on 25 January in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais state, had risen to 58, with 305 people still reported missing and 192 rescued...
* The Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) has released the latest figures for its consumer confidence index (ICC) which show that consumer confidence levels in Brazil have surged, reaching their highest level since February 2014...
Central America & Caribbean
On 26 January, Ramón Jáuregui, a member of Spain’s socialist party (Partido Socialista Obrero Español), gave a press conference following a visit by 11 European parliament members (MEPs) to Nicaragua which began on 23 January...
* Haiti’s national statistics institute (IHSI) has published employment figures for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017-2018 which indicate a 3.1% year-on-year fall...
Mexico
On 27 January, a few hundred people took to the streets of Mexico City to protest against oil theft in the country (known as huachicoleo) and express their support for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his efforts to tackle it...
* Juan Villafuerte, a leader of the Sindicato de Jornaleros y Obreros Industriales y de La Industria Maquiladora (SJOIIM) workers’ union, has announced that 19 companies have agreed to meet the salary and bonus demands of union members, with a further 20 companies still negotiating...
Southern Cone
On 25 January, a judge from a court in Collipulli town (Araucanía Region) issued precautionary measures against three former members of the Carabineros (militarised police) special operations unit (Gope), and their lawyer...
* Argentina’s agriculture minister, Luis Miguel Etchevehere, has signed a decree declaring a “state of emergency and/ or disaster” in the provinces of Chaco, Santa Fe, Corrientes, and Santiago del Estero – which have been most affected by floods that hit the coast, forcing the evacuation of over 6,000 people...
Washington Watch
Argentina: On 18 January, Argentina’s development bank Banco de Inversión y Comercio Exterior (BICE) issued a press release noting that the US Treasury Department had agreed to support the Argentine government in its ongoing infrastructure projects...

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