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Brazil & Southern Cone - November 2019

Introduction
Presidential elections in Argentina and Uruguay (which produced a first-round victory for Peronist Alberto Fernández in the former, and will go to a second round between Daniel Martínez of the incumbent leftist Frente Amplio and Luis Lacalle Pou of the centre-right Partido Nacional in the latter) and an outbreak of social unrest in Chile have dominated recent headlines in the Southern Cone region. This November edition of the Latin American Report: Brazil & Southern Cone covers issues peripheral to these major events, as well as topics in Brazil and Paraguay which might otherwise have been overshadowed by their neighbours’ headline-grabbing occurrences.  ..
Brazil
In late August, Brazil’s justice & public security minister Sérgio Moro launched a pilot plan in five cities across the country, aimed at fighting violent crime through the integration of different public security forces and the implementation of new structures adapted to local realities...
A major and mysterious oil spill in the Brazilian northeast, first reported in early September, has now polluted well over 200 beaches...
A major oil and gas licensing auction, which took place on 6 November and had been billed a ‘mega-tender’, was expected to raise around US$25bn in signing fees and confirm the Brazilian offshore as a world-class prospect for hydrocarbon exploration and production (E&P)...
Chile
Chile has been badly affected by drought in recent years, but the past months have been particularly bad...
Analysts have been puzzled by the outbreak of major protests in Chile, a country that is relatively wealthier and more equal than many of its neighbours...
Paraguay
Following the escape to Finland of three Paraguayan nationals wanted in Paraguay on kidnapping charges, the Paraguayan government has complained that the fugitives were allowed to exploit the international asylum system by various countries and even the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR)...
Uruguay
In recent years Uruguay has managed a floating exchange rate which has offered a reasonable combination of flexibility and stability...
Region
Solar energy continues to offer a source of highly-competitive and renewable electricity, according to the latest auction...
Highlights
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