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LatinNews Daily - 13 May 2019

Main Briefing
On 12 May, Juan Schiaretti, the incumbent governor of Argentina’s central province of Córdoba, won re-election by a record margin for the Partido Justicialista (PJ, Peronists)...
Andean
On 11 May hundreds of people took to the streets in the capital Caracas against Nicolás Maduro in protests called by Juan Guaidó, the internationally recognised interim president, opposition leader, and president of the national assembly (AN)...
* Ecuador’s public works ministry (MTOP) has launched the bidding process for the concession of the first phase of the train line (Tren Playero) connecting the ports of Posorja and Daule, both in Guayas province...
Brazil
On 12 May, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said that he had promised former judge and current justice minister Sérgio Moro that he would nominate him to the federal supreme court (STF) when a position next becomes available...
* The Brazilian government has welcomed the outcome of an anti-dumping investigation by Peru’s competition and intellectual property protection authority (Indecopi), which concluded that imports of Brazilian steel were not undermining the Peruvian steel industry...
Central America & Caribbean
On 11 May Laurentino ‘Nito’ Cortizo of the opposition Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) pledged a “full frontal battle against corruption”...
* The government led by President Juan Orlando Hernández and the European Union (EU) have signed two agreements totalling just over US$76m...
Mexico
On 10 May, five employees of a women’s prison and rehabilitation centre (Cefereso 16) in Coatlán del Río in the Mexican state of Morelos were shot dead on their way to work...
* President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that his government will be opening a state-run internet provider in order to provide those even in the most remote parts of the country with internet access...
Southern Cone
* Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez has met with his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro in Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil), on the border between the two countries, to lay the first stone for the construction of a new bridge which will connect Foz do Iguaçu with Presidente Franco in Paraguay...
Washington Watch
Brazil: On 3 May Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro pulled out of a ceremony in his honour due to take place in New York following weeks of protest...

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