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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 16 May 2019

From LatinNews Daily
On 15 May, tens of thousands of people took the streets in cities across Brazil to protest budget cuts to universities announced by President Jair Bolsonaro’s government...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the latest figures for its index of economic activity (IBC-Br), an indication of GDP growth, which confirm an economic contraction in the first quarter of the year...
On 15 May, Argentina’s interim attorney general Eduardo Casal asked the federal supreme court (CSJN) to maintain the date of the trial for corruption of former president Cristina Fernández (2007-2015), due to start on 21 May, amid concerns that it might be delayed...
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released new figures which show that the national inflation rate in April 2019 was 3.4% compared with the previous month, bringing the year-on-year figure to 55.8%...

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