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LatinNews Daily - 13 March 2019

Main Briefing
On 12 March Venezuela’s attorney general, Tarek William Saab, announced that his office had opened an investigation into the opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaidó, for his suspected involvement in the sabotaging of the national electricity grid...
Andean
* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a US$4.2bn arrangement under the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Ecuador...
Brazil
On 12 March, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro received Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez for an official state visit at the capital, Brasília...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures for the national consumer price index (IPCA) which show that monthly inflation rate in February stood at 0.43%, up from 0.32% in January...
Central America & Caribbean
On 12 March, Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) revoked a supreme court (CSJ) ruling which had upheld the presidential candidacy of Zury Ríos, the daughter of Guatemala’s late dictator Efraín Ríos Montt (1982-1983)...
* The European Union (EU) has removed Panama from its blacklist of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions...
Mexico
On 12 March Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met El Salvador’s president-elect Nayib Bukele in Mexico...
* Mexico’s federal telecommunications regulator (IFT) has approved the merger between US entertainment and media firms The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox, subject to certain conditions...
Southern Cone
On 12 March Uruguay’s President Tabaré Vázquez dismissed the army commander, Guido Manini Ríos, for misconduct...
*Argentina’s central bank (BCRA) has increased the interest rate of its short-term ‘liquidity notes’ (Leliqs) to 62.54%, up from 50.5% at the start of the week, as it attempts to prop up the peso, which continues to depreciate in value against the US dollar...

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