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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 17 May 2019

From LatinNews Daily
On 16 May, various members of President Jair Bolsonaro’s government in Brazil minimised the significance of mass protests held the previous day, saying that demonstrations are a natural part of a democracy...
* The index for Brazil’s São Paulo stock exchange (Ibovespa) has reached its lowest point since the start of the year, falling 1.75% and closing the day on 16 May at 90,024 points...
On 16 May Argentina’s supreme court (SCJN) confirmed that the first corruption trial against former president Cristina Fernández (2007-2015) will begin on 21 May...
* Chile’s finance ministry has issued US$1.5bn in bonds to local and international investors...
From Latin American Weekly Report
If Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri was under any illusions about the size of the task he faces to secure re-election in October, events over the course of this week will have disabused him of them...
Despite assurances that relations have improved in recent weeks, Brazil’s government has suffered a series of fresh setbacks in congress...
The cream of the Brasília crop has travelled to New York City this week for a series of events and meetings, an opportunity to woo foreign investors and an attempt to refresh Brazil’s image abroad...
URUGUAY | Petrobras strike escalates...

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