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LatinNews Daily - 21 June 2019

Main Briefing
On 20 June Alejandro Giammattei of the right-wing Vamos party, a contender in Guatemala's August second-round presidential run-off, called for an external audit of the results from the 16 June general election...
Andean
On 20 June Colombia’s national congress sank an anti-corruption bill sent by the government led by President Iván Duque...
* Ecuador’s finance ministry has announced that it expects US$3.8bn in investments in its mining sector until 2021...
Brazil
On 20 June, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro told journalists that he would stand for re-election in 2022 if he fails to pass a political reform during his current term...
* Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has reminded that he will be meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe during his trip to Tokyo, Japan, for the G-20 summit next week, and said he hopes to reach an agreement for Japan and Brazil to jointly exploit the Brazilian Amazon region’s biodiversity...
Central America & Caribbean
* Panama’s economy & finance ministry (MEF) has released new figures which show that direct foreign investment (FDI) in the country came to a total of US$1.65bn in the first quarter of 2019, up 18.2% on the same period of 2018...
Mexico
On 20 June, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele met in Tapachula, in Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas, where they agreed on the launch of Mexico’s comprehensive development programme for Central America...
* On 18 June, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador discussed in a video conference with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about bringing universal internet access to Mexico...
Southern Cone
On 20 June MontevideoGas, a subsidiary of Brazil’s state-owned oil firm Petrobras that distributes natural gas in Uruguay, rejected a proposal by its unionised workers aimed at solving a long-running labour dispute...
* Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera has announced an investment plan of US$1.44bn to modernise the country’s airports...

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