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LatinNews Daily - 28 May 2019

Main Briefing
On 27 May, María Eugenia Choque, the head of Bolivia’s electoral court (TSE), called for “respect” from politicians for the court ahead of the 20 October general election...
Andean
* Venezuela’s state-owned oil firm Pdvsa has released a statement in which it assures that it can guarantee petrol fuel supplies across the entire country...
Brazil
On 26 May, thousands of Brazilians took part in demonstrations across the country to show support for President Jair Bolsonaro and some of his flagship policies...
* Brazil’s special secretariat for pensions and labour, part of the economy ministry, has informed that 129,600 formal jobs were created in April...
Central America & Caribbean
On 26 May, Mario Arana, the president of the private sector lobby US-Nicaraguan Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), declared the recent national strike by the private sector and consumers a success...
* The Dominican Republic (DR)’s central bank (BCRD) has released new figures which show that first quarter GDP growth in 2019 was 5.7% year-on-year...
Mexico
On 27 May, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denied that his administration was suffering a crisis following the recent resignation of high-ranking officials and said that no one in his administration was “indispensable”...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released the latest figures for the country’s economic growth, which show that seasonally adjusted GDP contracted 0.2% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the last quarter of 2018...
Southern Cone
On 27 May, the centrist Unión Cívica Radical (UCR) party, one of three parties that make up Argentina’s centre-right ruling Cambiemos coalition, voted in favour of continuing its membership of Cambiemos at its party convention...
* Paraguay’s national statistics directorate (DGEEC) has released its quarterly employment bulletin, in which it reports that the national unemployment rate stood at 6.9% in the first quarter of 2019, up from 5.6% in the last three months of 2018 but down from an unemployment rate of 7.4% in the first quarter of 2018...

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