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LatinNews Daily - 08 February 2019

Main Briefing
On 7 February, thousands of people took to the streets in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince and across the country, calling for President Jovenel Moïse to resign...
Andean
On 7 February, the international contact group (ICG) on Venezuela held its first meeting in Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, and called for a new dialogue and a fresh presidential election to try to solve the crisis in Venezuela...
* Bolivia has announced an agreement signed by China’s Xinjiang Tbea Group-Baocheng and Bolivia’s state-owned lithium company Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos Corporación (YLB) for the construction of two plants to industrialise lithium in the Coipasa salt flats in Oruro department and the Pastos Grandes salt flats in Potosí department with a US$2.3bn investment...
Brazil
On 7 February, doctors announced that Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has a fever and is being treated for pneumonia and is expected to remain in semi-intensive care in for another seven days...
* Standard & Poor’s (S&P), the international credit ratings agency, has affirmed its ‘BB-’ long-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings of Brazil with a ‘stable’ outlook...
Central America & Caribbean
* According to the most recent figures from Costa Rica’s national statistics institute (Inec), Costa Rica’s inflation was 1.67 % year-on-year in January...
Mexico
On 7 February, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the US would be withdrawing from a trade deal with Mexico which governs the importation of tomatoes...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show the national inflation rate in January was 4.37% year-on-year...
Southern Cone
On 7 February, Paraguay’s chamber of deputies unanimously voted in favour of a resolution dismissing the mayor of the Ciudad del Este (CDE), Sandra McLeod, from her post over a series of irregularities found in her administration...
* According to figures from Chile’s international economic relations directorate (Direcon), Chile’s exports totalled US$75.48bn in 2018, up 9% on 2017...

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