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LatinNews Daily - 01 May 2019

Main Briefing
On 30 April, Venezuela’s de facto president, Nicolás Maduro, gave a nationally televised address in which he insisted that he retains the “absolute loyalty” of the country's military commanders and that his government had defeated an attempted coup d’état promoted by the political opposition...
Andean
* Esteban Bertralli Bustamante, the president of the directorate of Peru's state-owned oil company Petroperú, has said that the company should participate in the next tender of oil concessions as an associate operator...
Brazil
On 30 April, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro held an emergency meeting with cabinet ministers to discuss the miltiary uprising that began that same day in Venezuela. ..
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest unemployment figures which show that the country’s unemployment rate totalled 12.7% in the first quarter of the year, affecting 13.4m people...
Central America & Caribbean
On 30 April, Honduras’s 128-member unicameral national legislature withdrew proposed reforms to the health and education sector...
*Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has raised Panama’s long-term rating from 'BBB' to 'BBB+' based on its consistently strong economic growth and stable fiscal policy...
Mexico
On 30 April, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador urged the US government led by President Donald Trump to ratify the new US-Mexico-Canada regional trade agreement (USMCA)...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show the country’s GDP grew by 0.2% in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period in 2018...
Southern Cone
On 30 April, the two rival factions of Argentina’s second largest trade union movement, Central de Trabajadores de la Argentina (CTA), and the powerful truckers’ union led by Hugo Moyano staged a general strike to protest against the economic policies of the government led by President Mauricio Macri...
*Argentina's President Mauricio Macri has announced that his government has secured approval to export pork to China...

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