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LatinNews Daily - 01 July 2019

Main Briefing
On 28 June, Argentina’s foreign minister, Jorge Faurie, announced that the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) and the European Union (EU) have reached an agreement over a bilateral trade deal...
Andean
On 29 June, Venezuela’s internationally recognised interim president Juan Guaidó accused the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro of the torture and murder of naval corvette captain Rafael Acosta Arévalo...
* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a second disbursement of US$251m for the prosperity plan promoted by the Ecuadorean government with a 10-year term and interest rate of 3.2%...
Brazil
On 30 June, demonstrations took place in dozens of cities across Brazil in support of Justice Minister Sérgio Moro and the ‘Lava Jato’ corruption investigation on which he previously worked as a federal judge...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures for unemployment, which show that unemployment remained stable in the quarter to May 2019 compared with the previous rolling quarter...
Central America & Caribbean
On 29 June the Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Libertad Ciudadana (FDLC), the local branch of international anti-corruption NGO Transparency International (TI), called on Panama’s attorney general’s office (AG) to expand investigations into the bribery scandal surrounding the Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht...
* El Salvador’s central bank (BCR) has reduced its economic growth forecast for 2019 to 2.3%, down from 2.4% in March 2019...
Mexico
On 30 June, thousands of Mexicans took to the streets across the country to protest against the policies of the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...
* According to a recent report by the local private sector think-tank Centro de Estudios Económicos del Sector Privado (CEESP), the decrease in economic activity in Mexico is not temporary and poses a serious economic risk...
Southern Cone
* Chile’s national statistics institute (INE) has released new figures which show that the national unemployment rate for March-May 2019 was 7.1%, a 0.1 percentage point increase compared with March-May 2018...
Washington Watch
Mexico: The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported that on 21 June that Texas Governor, Greg Abbot, had announced that a thousand soldiers from the Texas National Guard will be sent to the Southwest border to support US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)...

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