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LatinNews Daily - 08 November

Main Briefing
On 7 November, Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera announced that he had sent to congress a package of legislative bills designed to reinforce public security and help restore order in the country in the face of the violent protests against inequality that have been raging across Chile for the past three weeks...
Andean
On 7 November, Colombia’s President Iván Duque condemned the recruitment of minors by illegal armed groups and praised Guillermo Botero, who resigned as defence minister the previous day over a military operation in the southern department of Caquetá...
* The Colombian government led by President Iván Duque has launched the country’s first gender parity initiative...
Brazil
On 7 November, Brazil’s supreme court (STF) decided, by a narrow 6-5 vote, that defendants can only be locked up after they have exhausted all their appeals...
* The Brazilian government has announced that it has awarded only one of the five oil production blocks that were put up for auction in the second round of its ‘mega auction’ of offshore oil concessions...
Central America & Caribbean
On 7 November, the US Department of the Treasury sanctioned three Nicaraguan government officials: the deputy director of the national police (PNN), Ramón Antonio Avellán Medal; the acting president of the electoral court (TSE), Lumberto Ignacio Campbell Hooker; and a director of the social security institute (INSS), Roberto José López Gómez...
* Cuba's foreign trade and investment minister, Rodrigo Malmierca, has opened the country's fourth investment forum within the framework of the capital Havana’s annual International Trade Fair (Fihav 2019) running from 4-8 November...
Mexico
On 7 November, Mexico’s senate announced that Rosario Piedra Ibarra had been elected as the new head of the national human rights commission (CNDH) for 2019-2024...
* Mexico’s finance minister, Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez, and his Guatemalan counterpart, Víctor Manuel Alejandro Martínez Ruíz, have signed an agreement on “mutual administrative assistance and exchange of information relating to customs”...
Southern Cone
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released new figures which show the manufacturing industrial production index (IPI) fell 5.1% in September compared with the same month in 2018...

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