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LatinNews Daily - 13 August 2019

Main Briefing
On 12 August, Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri said that he will continue to campaign from now until the 27 October general election to try to revert the result of the open, simultaneous, and mandatory party primaries (Paso) in which the opposition obtained a major victory that appears to bury Macri’s re-election hopes...
Andean
On 12 August, Venezuela’s government-controlled constituent assembly (ANC) stripped four opposition deputies of their immunity from prosecution...
* Southern Perú Copper Corporation (SPCC), the company that owns the US$1.4bn 'Tía María' mining project, located in Peru's Arequipa region, has called for civil society and the authorities to promote “dialogue spaces”...
Brazil
On 12 August, federal deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro appealed to a group of businessmen in São Paulo for their support over his nomination as Brazilian ambassador to the US. ..
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released its latest figures for the index of economic activity (IBC-Br), a measure of GDP growth...
Central America & Caribbean
On 12 August, Luis Cardenal, president of El Salvador’s leading private sector lobby Asociación Nacional de la Empresa Privada (Anep), expressed concern about “international interventionism without control or supervision” with regard to the fight against corruption...
* Delegates from Nicaragua’s government have been sent on an official visit to Iran, with the aim of strengthening bilateral ties in economic and commercial matters...
Mexico
On 12 August, Mexico’s security, energy and environmental agency (Asea) issued a conditional authorisation for the construction of the Dos Bocas oil refinery in the south-eastern state of Tabasco...
* Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced that no more concessions are to be given to mining companies by his government...
Southern Cone
* Chile’s Finance Minister Felipe Larraín has said that the plunge in Argentina’s stock market and peso following the surprise results from party primary elections which gave a major victory to the Frente de Todos opposition presidential ticket led by Alberto Fernández will impact the Chilean economy, but the impact will be limited and felt mainly by a few Chilean companies which operate in Argentina...

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