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LatinNews Daily - 08 July 2019

Main Briefing
On 5 July, Acción Ciudadana, the local branch of international anti-corruption NGO Transparency International (TI), presented a request for Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales and Defence Minister Luis Miguel Ralda to be stripped of their immunity from prosecution to face legal action for possible fraud...
Andean
On 7 July, Juan Guaidó, the head of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled national assembly and internationally recognised interim president, announced a new round of exploratory talks with the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro...
* According to Bolivia’s official state news agency, Abi, Bolivia’s exports between January and May 2019 amounted to US$3.4bn...
Brazil
On 8 July, the results of Brazilian pollster Datafolha’s latest national public opinion survey were released, showing that the country remains divided in three over its opinion of President Jair Bolsonaro and his government...
* Brazil’s leading national airline, Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes SA, has launched a weekly direct flight between Recife, the state capital of Pernambuco, and the Chilean capital, Santiago de Chile...
Central America & Caribbean
* Panama’s trade & industry ministry (MICI) has announced that eight products have been removed from the list of foods subject to price controls – a measure which came into force on 7 July for a maximum duration of six months...
Mexico
On 7 July, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador described as “politicking” the criticisms voiced by the political opposition about shortages of basic medicines in the public healthcare system...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) and Mexico’s central bank (Banxico) have jointly released the latest indicator of consumer confidence (ICC)...
Southern Cone
On 6 July, Chile’s deputy interior minister Rodrigo Ubilla argued that the country has been doing a lot to take in Venezuelan migrants but does not have an “unlimited capacity” to welcome foreigners. ..
* The Acting Managing Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) David Lipton has announced that IMF staff and Argentine authorities have reached an agreement on the fourth review of the economic program supported by the bilateral Stand-By Arrangement (SBA)...
Washington Watch
Brazil: On 28 June, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro met US President Donald Trump in Osaka, Japan, during the G-20 Summit...

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