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LatinNews Daily - 21 February 2019

Main Briefing
On 20 February a debate took place between Panama’s seven presidential candidates organised by the electoral authorities (TE)...
Andean
On 20 February the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a statement urging Colombia’s President Iván Duque to sanction into law the bill that fully enables the functioning of a transitional justice system (JEP) to handle cases related to Colombia’s internal armed conflict...
* Colombia’s President Iván Duque has said that economic growth expectations for Colombia this year are greater than those of countries such as Chile, Mexico, and Peru...
Brazil
On 20 February, the Brazilian government led by President Jair Bolsonaro unveiled the details of a pension reform and presented the proposal to the federal congress...
* Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras has begun production on its 'P-76' platform, the third active platform at the Búzios field in the 'pre-salt' area of the Santos Basin, 180km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state...
Central America & Caribbean
* Nicaragua’s 92-member unicameral national legislature has approved a US$100m loan from Taiwan...
Mexico
On 20 February, local authorities from the central Mexican state of Morelos reported the murder of Samir Flores, an environmental activist who opposed operations at the local Huexca thermoelectric plant, part of a wider energy project known as Proyecto Integral Morelos (PIM)...
* Mexico’s federal audit office (ASF) has published a new report in which it describes the country’s 2013-2014 energy sector reform as a “failure”...
Southern Cone
On 20 February Paraguay’s attorney general, Sandra Quiñónez, and the association of public prosecutors (AFF) denounced an attempt by Senator Enrique Bacchetta to influence the court case involving Deputy Ulises Quintana...
* Argentina’s finance ministry has published the fiscal results for January 2019, revealing that the country’s achieved a primary fiscal surplus of Ar$16.658bn (US$420m), up 324% in relation to the same month of 2018...

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