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LatinNews Daily - 21 May 2019

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On 20 May, Venezuela’s de facto president, Nicolás Maduro, proposed holding early legislative elections in order to try to solve the country’s deep political crisis...
Andean
* Lima’s municipal council has voted in favour of renegotiating contracts for the Línea Amarilla and Rutas de Lima motorway concessions, amid suspicions of irregularities behind the initial contracts to build the roads, which had been awarded to Brazilian construction companies OAS and Odebrecht in 2009 and 2013 respectively...
Brazil
On 20 May, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro assured that there is no fight between the different branches of government, merely “tittle-tattle” largely fuelled by the press...
* Spanish company Globalia, owner of low-cost long-haul airline Air Europa, has announced its intention of opening an airline in Brazil...
Central America & Caribbean
On 20 May, the opposition group Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) announced its withdrawal from the negotiating table with the government led by President Daniel Ortega...
* El Salvador’s central bank (BCR) has released new figures which show remittances totalled US$1.78bn in the first four months of 2019, up 3.9% on the same period in 2018...
Mexico
On 20 May, a local anti-corruption NGO, Mexicanos Contra La Corrupción y Impunidad (MCCI), published a report exposing alleged links between Carlos Lomelí Bolaños, a federal government delegate for development programmes in Mexico's Jalisco state, and a network of pharmaceutical companies holding government contracts. ..
* Enel Green Power México, the subsidiary of Italian multinational Enel Green Power (EGP), has inaugurated the Salitrillo wind farm, with a US$150m investment...
Southern Cone
On 20 May, Argentina’s former economy minister,  Roberto Lavagna (2002-2005), confirmed his presidential pre-candidacy ahead of October’s general election...
* Chile’s central bank (BCCh) has released new figures which show that GDP grew by 1.6% in the first quarter of 2019, compared with the same period in 2018...

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