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LatinNews Daily - 29 July 2019

Main Briefing
On 28 July, Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) accepted two appeals over an asylum agreement signed with the US two days earlier by the government led by President Jimmy Morales...
Andean
On 28 July, Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra called for a referendum to enact a constitutional reform to bring forward general elections from April 2021 to 28 July 2020, cutting short both his own term and that of congressional deputies...
* Natural gas distribution company Promigas has begun operating its Jobo-Majaguas natural gas pipeline that runs north-south through Colombia's Sucre and Córdoba departments...
Brazil
On 27 July, the Brazilian association of investigative journalism (Abraji) condemned President Jair Bolsonaro for “[promoting and instigating] serious attacks on the freedom of expression” by suggesting that US journalist Glenn Greenwald could be arrested...
* Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras has announced that it has been obliged to revise its production target for 2019 downwards, following lower than expected production levels during the second quarter of the year...
Central America & Caribbean
* Costa Rica’s official export promotion agency (Procomer) has announced that the company, Melones De La Peninsula, is the first Costa Rican exporter of organic, sustainably grown watermelon and honeydew to the European Union...
Mexico
On 26 July, a regional prosecutor for the state of Jalisco, Gonzalo Huitrón Reynoso, was killed after the vehicle he was travelling in was attacked near the municipality of Poncitlán on the road to Guadalajara...
* The Latin American committee on macroeconomic and financial issues (CLAAF), an association composed of prestigious independent Latin American economists, has warned that the Mexican government must restructure the state-owned oil company Pemex to address its “weak financial situation and declining output”...
Southern Cone
On 28 July, Paraguay’s foreign minister, Luis Alberto Castiglioni, announced that the government has decided to “leave without effect” the recent agreement it signed with Brazil over the distribution of electricity from the Itaipú binational hydroelectric dam...
* Paraguay’s central bank (BCP) has released revised GDP growth projections for 2019 following Q2 results...
Washington Watch
Brazil: On 16 July, the chief of the Brazilian armed forces’ joint chief of staff, Lieutenant Brigadier Raul Botelho, and the Commander of US Southern Command (Southcom), Admiral Craig Faller, met at the Southcom headquarters in Miami, Florida, to advance the military relationship between the two countries...

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