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LatinNews Daily - 15 May 2019

Main Briefing
On 14 May the leader of Venezuela’s national assembly (AN) and internationally recognised interim president, Juan Guaidó, denounced that the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro is attempting to close down the opposition-controlled AN in a bid to hang on to power...
Andean
* Peru’s national statistics institute (INEI) has released new figures which show the country’s GDP grew 3.19% in March compared with the same month in 2018, while first-quarter growth was 2.28% compared with the same period in 2018...
Brazil
On 14 May, residents from the Complexo do Alemão favela complex in greater Rio de Janeiro blocked a road to protest the death earlier that day of a local resident, shot in the head, reportedly by the police...
* Brazil’s economy minister, Paulo Guedes, said that the government is now working with GDP growth predictions of 1.5% for this year, down from earlier projections of around 2%, although this is yet to be formalised...
Central America & Caribbean
On 14 May civil-society leaders criticised Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales for saying he hoped that the 16 June general election did not become a “judicial tragedy”...
* The governor of the Dominican Republic's central bank (BCRD), Héctor Valdez Albizu, has announced that foreign direct investment (FDI) to the counry reached US$803.7m in the first quarter, up 28.2% compared with the same period in 2018...
Mexico
As of 14 May, 17 of Mexico’s 32 state congresses had voted in favour of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s education reform, giving it the go-ahead for promulgation into law...
* Speaking at a press conference in Canada with Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, Mexico’s economy minister Graciela Márquez said that Mexico is preparing to place tariffs on new US products...
Southern Cone
On 14 May the leadership committee of Argentina’s main opposition Partido Justicialista (PJ, Peronist) held a meeting which concluded with a call to unite the movement ahead of presidential election in October...
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released new figures which show the number of foreign tourists visiting Argentina in the first quarter of the year was up 23.1% compared with the same quarter of 2018 to reach 839,700...

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