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LatinNews Daily - 16 May 2019

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On 15 May Colombia’s attorney general, Néstor Humberto Martínez, tendered his resignation in protest at a ruling by the country’s transitional justice court (JEP) rejecting the extradition request filed by the US for Seuxis Paucias Hernández Solarte (‘Jesús Santrich’)...
Andean
* Colombia’s national statistics institute (Dane) has released new figures which show the country’s GDP grew by 2.8% in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same quarter in 2018...
Brazil
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...
Central America & Caribbean
On 15 May Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) rejected an appeal presented by Thelma Aldana, a former attorney general (2014-2018) and curret presidential candidate for the leftist Movimiento Semilla...
* According to figures published by a local think-tank Funides, unemployment levels in Nicaragua are predicted to rise from 5.5% in 2018, to between 7.5% and 8.5% in 2019...
Mexico
On 15 May Mexican authorities maintained their extraordinary air pollution emergency in Mexico City (CDMX), with a second day of classes cancelled for children and university students across the capital...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show tourist activity in Mexico increased 1.3% in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017...
Southern Cone
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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