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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 28 June 2019

From LatinNews Daily
On 27 June, Brazil’s federal police (PF) detained three people with links to Tourism Minister Marcelo Álvaro Antônio as part of an investigation into the irregular use of public campaign funds in his Partido Social Liberal (PSL)...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released its quarterly inflation report in which it has revised its GDP growth forecast for 2019 down to 0.8%...
On 27 June, Uruguayan consultancy Opción Consultores released its final poll ahead of the internal party primary elections on 30 June, which shows that some parties face a tight contest in the choice of their presidential candidate...
* Unionised workers at Chile’s Chuquicamata copper mine in Antofagasta Region have ended their two-week strike after reaching a deal with the state-owned copper mining firm Codelco...
From Latin American Weekly Report
A pact between Brazil’s three branches of government, announced by the Planalto presidential office at the end of May in an attempt to smooth over political tensions [WR-19-21], never materialised...
After some uncertainty over its agenda, the second chamber of Brazil’s supreme court (STF) decided on 25 June to go ahead and hold a vote on two habeas corpus requests presented by the defence team of former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011), who has been serving a prison sentence for corruption since April 2018...
Nine different presidential pre-candidates have registered to take part in Argentina’s open, simultaneous, and mandatory primaries (Paso) on 11 August...
Uruguay has not experienced such a dirty campaign ahead of elections before...

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