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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 14 February 2019

From LatinNews Daily
On 13 February, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said that Gustavo Bebianno, the minister of the secretary-general to the presidency, would be dismissed if he was found to be guilty of embezzling funds from the president’s Partido Social Liberal (PSL) during last year’s election campaign...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (IBGE) has released figures which show that retail sales in December 2018 fell by 2.2% month-on-month, after 'Black Friday' promotions led to a spike in November 2018...
On 13 February, Uruguay’s President Tabaré Vázquez held a private meeting with his Argentine counterpart, Mauricio Macri, after which the two issued a joint statement calling for the staging of “free and credible” elections in Venezuela and for the flexibilization of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur)...
* Uruguay’s livestock, agriculture & fishing ministry (MGAP) has announced that the country has resumed beef exports to Japan...
From Latin American Security & Strategic Review
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