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LatinNews Daily - 01 February 2019

Main Briefing
Nayib Bukele, of the centre-right opposition Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional-Nuevas Ideas, appears to be poised for victory in the 3 February presidential election...
Andean
On 31 January, Venezuela’s opposition deputies presented an economic transition plan as the European parliament passed a resolution recognising Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim president. ..
* According to new figures from Peru’s foreign trade & tourism minister, Edgar Vásquez, Peru’s exports in 2018 totalled close to US$48bn, up 8% on 2017...
Brazil
On 31 January, a few hundred people took part in protests across the country organised by Brazil’s association of indigenous peoples (Apib) in defence of indigenous rights...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (IBGE) has released the latest figures for unemployment, which show that the unemployment rate for October-December 2018 stood at 11.6%, a slight decrease on the previous quarter when unemployment reached 11.9%...
Central America & Caribbean
* Nicaragua’s coffee exporters association (Excan) has firmly rejected the new legislative initiative tabled by the government led by President Daniel Ortega to reform the country’s tax legislation...
Mexico
On 31 January, all 28 of Mexico’s national cabinet ministers presented their declarations of assets in line with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s ‘Republican austerity’ plan...
* According to Mexico’s official news agency Notimex representatives from Mexico’s federal education ministry (SEP), the Michoacán state government, and the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabjadores de la Educación (CNTE) teachers’ union – Mexico’s second largest teachers’ union - have reached productive agreements to clear the railway lines in Michoacán state where teachers have been staging blockades since 14 January in demand of back-dated salaries and bonuses...
Southern Cone
On 31 January, Paraguay’s attorney general Sandra Quiñonez refuted claims from the Honor Colorado faction of the ruling Asociación Nacional Repúblicana-Partido Colorado (ANR-PC) that its members are being politically persecuted by their in-party rivals, the Colorado Añetete faction...
* Chile’s national statistics institute (INE) has released new figures which show that the national unemployment rate in the last quarter of 2018 was 6.7%, up 0.3 percentage points on the same quarter in 2017...

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