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LatinNews Daily - 07 March 2019

Main Briefing
On 6 March, the de facto Venezuelan government led by Nicolás Maduro declared Germany’s ambassador to Venezuela, Daniel Martin Kriener, persona non grata and gave him 48 hours to leave the country...
Andean
* Peru’s national exporters’ association (Adex) has reported that the country’s exports totalled US$3.68bn in January, a 7.2% year-on-year fall...
Brazil
On 6 March, the hashtag #ImpeachmentBolsonaro was trending on Twitter in Brazil, after President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted an explicit video in criticism of Carnival which has attracted widespread condemnation from both his supporters and opponents. ..
* The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has revised its 2019 GDP growth projection for Brazil down to 1.9%, from 2.1% last November, amid slowing global economic growth...
Central America & Caribbean
On 6 March, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned that the proposed changes to El Salvador’s 1993 amnesty law that are currently being debated by the country’s legislature go counter to international human rights law...
* The latest data from Nicaragua’s centre of export procedures (Cetrex) shows that Nicaraguan exports in January-February 2019 have increased in volume but decreased in value compared to 2018...
Mexico
On 6 March, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that capturing the leader of a fuel-theft gang (Huachicoleros) in Guanajuato state was among his top priorities and that a new security forces operation was under way...
* Mexico’s finance minister, Carlos Urzúa, has said that tax evasion and tax avoidance currently cost Mexico around US$51.6bn a year, or the equivalent to 4% of GDP...
Southern Cone
On 6 March, the supreme court (TSJ) of the Argentine province of Río Negro ruled in favour of incumbent governor Alberto Weretilneck’s request to stand for re-election, overturning a ruling by the province’s electoral court (TEP) last 26 February...
* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released its concluding statement following a mission to Paraguay in which it has revised its 2019 GDP growth forecast for the country down to 3.5%, from 4.2% last October...

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