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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 26 April 2019

From LatinNews Daily
On 25 April, Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri appealed for calm during a radio interview in which he claimed that the financial markets were punishing the country out of fear that his predecessor Cristina Fernández (2007-2015) would win October’s presidential elections...
On 25 April, representatives from Brazil’s different indigenous groups took part in a public hearing in the federal congress in Brasília, held in honour of the ‘Indigenous April’ annual campaign...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the latest balance of payment figures, which show that the country registered a current account deficit of US$494m in March 2019, a decrease on the US$666m current account deficit in March 2018...
* On 25 April, President Sebastián Piñera spent the second day of his state visit to China in Beijing...
From Latin American Weekly Report
After last week’s moves to soften the austerity programme backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Argentine peso remained under relentless pressure this week, with a particularly wobbly day on 24 April, dubbed “black Wednesday”...
Brazil’s judiciary has once again found itself in the midst of a scandal, with the federal supreme court (STF) accused of censorship after Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered last week that two news sites take down an article implying that the STF president, Justice José Antonio Dias Toffoli, was implicated in corrupt dealings...
President Jair Bolsonaro’s government is broadly considered to be split into three groups, defined as the technocrats (which include Economy Minister Paulo Guedes and his team of economic liberals), the military representatives, and the ideologues (sometimes referred to as the populists)...
Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera set out on a six-day official visit to China and South Korea on 24 April...

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