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LatinNews Daily - 01 August 2019

Main Briefing
On 31 July, Paraguay’s political opposition and dissident factions of the ruling Asociación Nacional Republicana-Partido Colorado (ANR-PC) announced that they would present a formal request in congress for President Mario Abdo Benítez and Vice President Hugo Velázquez to be subjected to impeachment proceedings for the signing of a bilateral agreement with Brazil deemed to be contrary to Paraguay’s national interests...
Andean
On 31 July, Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra presented a plan to congress under which the country’s next general election would be brought forward to April 2020...
* The Ecuadorean government has announced a bidding process for the development of a solar park and two wind farms, requiring US$400m in private investments: the 'El Aromo' (Manabi province) and 'Villonaco II and III' (Loja province) projects...
Brazil
On 31 July, it was reported that a federal judge from Bahia state called upon Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and his son Eduardo to appear before the court to explain Eduardo’s appointment as Brazil's ambassador to the US. ..
* The monetary policy committee (Copom) of Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has cut its benchmark interest rate (Selic) by half a percentage point to 6%...
Central America & Caribbean
On 31 July, the Dominican Republic’s President Danilo Medina appointed Juan Ariel Jiménez as his new economy, planning & development minister in replacement of Isidoro Santana...
* The Salvadorean government has announced the successful placement of US$1.097bn in sovereign bonds on the international market, involving investors from over 25 countries...
Mexico
On 31 July, Mexico’s national human rights commission (CNDH) condemned the murder of journalist Rogelio Barragán and urged the authorities of Morelos state to investigate his death...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released preliminary second quarter GDP growth figures...
Southern Cone
* The low-cost Chilean airline JetSmart, controlled by the US private equity firm Indigo Partners, has announced plans to add three Airbus A320s aircraft to its fleet in Argentina, incorporating five new routes that were not previously operated by the company...

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