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LatinNews Daily - 18 July 2019

Main Briefing
On 17 July, Brazil took over the pro-tempore presidency of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) from Argentina, during the 54th Mercosur heads of state summit held in Santa Fe, Argentina...
Andean
On 17 July, the justice commission of Venezuela’s national constituent assembly (ANC) convened by the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro asked the attorney general’s office to open an investigation into opposition national deputy Franklyn Duarte...
* The Colombian government has signed a loan agreement with the World Bank (WB) for US$100m to update its cadastre system that will support the formalisation of property to more than 70,000 people, with special focus given to women, afro-Colombian, and indigenous communities...
Brazil
* The Brazilian economy institute (Ibre) at Brazil’s Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) has released the latest figures for its monthly foreign trade indicator (Icomex) which show that the value of Brazilian exports fell 10.4% in June this year compared with June 2018...
Central America & Caribbean
On 17 July, a voting intention survey carried out by pollster CID Gallup showed Guatemalan presidential run-off candidate Alejandro Giammattei, of the right-wing Vamos party, ahead of former First Lady (2008-2012) Sandra Torres of the Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) party...
* Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo has announced that the government has issued new sovereign bonds worth some US$2bn...
Mexico
On 17 July, farmers blockaded various roads across Mexico including the states of Estado de México, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua, Veracruz, Coahuila, San Luis Potosí, Morelos, Jalisco, and Nayarit...
* Credit ratings agency Moody’s Investor Services has said that the Mexican government should significantly increase financial support for state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex)...
Southern Cone
On 17 July, the presidential candidate of Uruguay’s right-wing opposition Cabildo Abierto party, (Ret) General Guido Manini Ríos, heavily criticised the newly approved military organic bill saying that it would be “harmful” for the country...
* The Unión Industrial Argentina (UIA), a local industrial sector business lobby, has released a new report which shows that in May industrial activity in Argentina contracted by 6.7% year-on year and by 8.6% in the first five months of 2019...

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