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LatinNews Daily - 11 March 2019

Main Briefing
On 10 March, Nicaragua’s Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) opposition grouping said it would return to the negotiating table only when the government led by President Daniel Ortega had provided convincing signs of a genuine will to find solutions to the crisis which began in mid-April 2018...
Andean
On 10 March, Colombia’s President Iván Duque partially vetoed a law regulating the transitional justice system (JEP) and returned it to congress...
* Bolivia’s national statistics institute (INE) has released new figures which show that national monthly rate inflation in February 2019 was -0.15% compared with the previous month, while the year-on-year rate was 0.95%...
Brazil
On 10 March Roraima Energia, the local energy provider in Brazil’s northern border state of Roraima, said that it had no estimate as to when the electricity supply from Venezuela might be restored...
* Rio de Janeiro’s municipal government has celebrated the 2019 Carnival as “the best in recent years”...
Central America & Caribbean
* International credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the Panamanian government’s foreign-currency long-term issuer rating to 'Baa1' from 'Baa2', the foreign-currency long-term senior unsecured debt ratings to 'Baa1' from 'Baa2', as well as the foreign-currency long-term senior unsecured shelf ratings to (P)'Baa1' from (P)'Baa2'...
Mexico
On 10 March the local authorities in Guanajuato state reported that at least 15 people had been killed and five wounded during an armed attack in the municipality of Salamanca...
* Mexico’s state-owned oil firm, Pemex, has announced that it will revise the contracts that it has awarded to private firms for the repair of its pipelines affected by illegal taps...
Southern Cone
On 10 March, the incumbent governor of the Argentine province of Neuquén, Omar Gutiérrez from the Movimiento Popular Neuquino (MPN) party, won re-election with 39.92% of the vote...
* Argentina’s finance ministry has said that it expects that national agricultural sector exports will generate over US$25bn this year...
Washington Watch
Nicaragua: On 7 March, the deputy spokesperson for the US Department of State, Robert Palladino, urged the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega “to join the church-led peace dialogue and…negotiate in good faith”...

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