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LatinNews Daily - 12 August 2019

Main Briefing
Preliminary results from Guatemala's 11 August presidential second round run-off show Alejandro Giammattei of the opposition conservative Vamos party defeating former first lady (2008-2012) Sandra Torres of the also opposition Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE)...
Andean
On 11 August, indigenous authorities from Colombia’s south-western Cauca department declared a state of emergency and permanent assembly following a swathe of deadly attacks against indigenous leaders and members of the indigenous guard...
* Peru’s mining & energy minister, Francisco Ísmodes, has announced the suspension of the construction licence for the US$1.4bn 'Tía María' mining project, which is located in Arequipa region, until officials evaluate its legality and objections from local authorities...
Brazil
On 11 August, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro responded to the news that Germany has suspended donations to the Amazon Fund by saying that Brazil “does not need” the aid and that the money could be better spent by Germany elsewhere...
* The government of the Brazilian state of São Paulo has announced that Chinese telecommunications company Huawei will invest US$800m between 2020 and 2022 in the construction of a second factory in Brazil’s most populous state...
Central America & Caribbean
* Nicaragua’s central bank (BCN) has released figures which show a 18.7% drop year-on-year in commercial banking deposits which totalled C$120.5bn (US$3.59bn) as of June 2019...
Mexico
On 9 August, Mexico’s national human rights commission (CNDH) warned of the collapse of the country’s refugee protection system...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (INEGI) has reported a 1.1% increase in industrial production during the month of June 2019 compared with the previous month...
Southern Cone
On 11 August, the preliminary results from the open, simultaneous, and mandatory party primaries (Paso) ahead of Argentina’s 27 October general election showed that the Frente de Todos opposition presidential ticket led by Alberto Fernández received far more votes than any other...
* According to official figures obtained by national daily El Observador, in the first half of 2019, Uruguay’s fish exports were US$47.1m, down 2.4% in value terms on the same period in 2018...
Washington Watch
Colombia: On 5-7 August, the Commander of US Southern Command (Southcom), Admiral Craig Faller, visited Colombia to discuss regional security concerns and reaffirm US security support to the Andean nation...

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