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LatinNews Daily - 09 October 2019

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On 8 October, Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse named a special committee to “lead discussions” on how to find a “concerted solution to the crisis”...
Andean
On 8 October hundreds of indigenous protesters burst into Ecuador’s national assembly building in Quito calling for President Lenín Moreno to resign over his government’s decision to remove fuel subsidies last week...
* The Comité Cívico Potosinista (Comcipo), a civil-society group in Bolivia's Potosí department, has begun an indefinite strike demanding more royalties for the exploitation of lithium and the defence of natural resources...
Brazil
On 8 October, an auditor in Brazil’s federal financial ombudsman, the Tribunal de Contas da União (TCU), ordered the suspension of the government’s advertising campaign for Justice & Public Security Minister Sérgio Moro’s ‘anti-crime package’ of public security bills, currently under discussion in the federal chamber of deputies. ..
* Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras has announced the conclusion of the sale of all its interests in the Pargo, Carapeba, and Vermelho shallow water oil fields off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state to Anglo-French firm Perenco...
Central America & Caribbean
* Honduras’s central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show year-on-year inflation was running at 4.42% in September 2019, similar to the 4.38% registered at the same point in 2018...
Mexico
On 8 October Luis García Villagrán, the director of the Centro de Dignificación Humana en Tapachula, a Mexican migrant rights advocacy NGO, confirmed that a group of African and Haitian migrants that have been granted temporary residence permits by the Mexican authorities will embark on a caravan to the US...
* During the fourth Hotel & Resort Expansion Forum in Mexico City, federal tourism minister Miguel Torruco Marqués announced the findings of an official report detailing the country’s tourism statistics for the first quarter of 2019...
Southern Cone
On 8 October, Horacio Torres resigned as president of Paraguay’s national rural development and land institute (Indert), amidst bribery and corruption allegations brought against him by the state’s specialised economic crime and anticorruption unit...
* Uruguay’s national statistics institute (INE) has released new figures which show unemployment in August 2019 was 9.1%, up 0.1 percentage points compared with the same month in 2018 and unchanging since the previous month...

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