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LatinNews Daily - 01 March 2019

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On 28 February thousands of people took part in a protest march in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, demanding the immediate removal of ‘bad judges’...
Andean
On 28 February President Martín Vizcarra announced that he was cutting short an official visit to Spain and Portugal in order to return to Peru in the wake of fierce criticism from the political opposition over his absence at a time of serious flooding and mudslides at home...
* Colombia’s national statistics agency (Dane) has released new figures which show that the country’s GDP grew by 2.7% in 2018 compared with 2017, while 2018 fourth quarter growth was 2.8% compared with the same period in 2017...
Brazil
On 28 February, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro met Venezuela’s widely recognised self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasília...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (IBGE) has released figures for 2018 GDP growth, which show that Brazil’s gradual economic recovery is continuing at a slow pace...
Central America & Caribbean
On 28 February, Luis Abinader, the presidential candidate of the Dominican Republic's main opposition Partido Revolucionario Moderno (PRM), advised President Danilo Medina (of the ruling Partido de la Liberación Dominicana, PLD) not to try to seek re-election because it will create “crisis” and “ungovernability” in the country...
* Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado has hailed the inauguration of APM Terminals Moín, a container terminal at the country's Moín maritime port in Limón province, which will enable products to be shipped on transatlantic routes to European and Asian markets without trans-shipment...
Mexico
On 28 February, Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies approved the creation of a civilian national guard, with 463 votes in favour, one against and no abstentions...
* Mexico’s state-owned oil company Pemex has reported annual losses of M$148.63bn (US$7.7bn) in 2018, 47% less than that reported in 2017...
Southern Cone
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released new figures which show that the country’s GDP contracted by 2.6% in 2018...

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