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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 05 July 2019

From LatinNews Daily
On 4 July, Rio de Janeiro state's civil police and organised crime unit (Gaeco) arrested 42 people in the city of Itaboraí, in the north-east of Rio’s metropolitan area, as part of an operation against local militia...
* A special committee in Brazil’s federal chamber of deputies has approved a pension reform proposal with 36 votes in favour and 13 against, paving the way for it to be voted upon in the plenary chamber next week...
On 4 July, a representative from Paraguay’s comptroller general’s office confirmed that the national directorate for public contracts (DNCP) has been asked to provide a report on the contracts awarded by the social security institute (IPS) in 2017-2018...
* In a press conference Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri revealed that his goverment is discussing with its Brazilian counterpart led by President Jair Bolsonaro, the possibility of joint negotiations to advance a free trade agreement with the US...
From Latin American Weekly Report
The world’s longest-running trade saga has reached its conclusion...
President Jair Bolsonaro’s unpredictable foreign policy style has had Brazil’s long-term diplomatic allies on edge since he took office six months ago...
Uruguay’s primary elections on 30 June contained one slight surprise – but it was not the big one some pollsters had anticipated...

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